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Student Title IX Process

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As is set forth in  Section VII of the Student Title IX Process, students going through the Process are entitled to nine hours of attorney service paid for by the university. Below are the university-identified attorneys willing to advise the Complainant and Responding Students going through the Process.


Attorney Biographies

Mike Armstrong


Mike Armstrong has specialized in criminal defense on the Peninsula for over 30 years, representing individuals being investigated for and accused of criminal activity. Mike takes great pride in representing each client to the best of his ability. Every case is different and every client is unique. Mike has experience in almost every kind of criminal prosecution and investigation, both at state and federal levels. Mike has significant experience representing local college and high school students both in criminal and juvenile cases and in school disciplinary hearings. Mike is looking forward to participating in Stanford’s Title IX process on behalf of Respondents.


David Avila


David is a criminal defense lawyer with 20 years of experience.  He has represented thousands of minors and adults in delinquency, criminal and school discipline cases involving nearly every offense listed in the CA Penal Code, Welfare & Institutions Code and Education Code, including all types of theft and drug offenses, DUI’s, commercial and residential burglary, auto theft, robbery, carjacking, assault, all classes of sex offenses, attempted homicide and homicide. He has also represented numerous sexual assault victims in CA WIC Sec. 300 dependency cases over the past decade.  David is excited to participate in Stanford’s Student Title IX Process, both on behalf of complainants and respondents.


Diane de Seve


Diane de Seve has been practicing criminal defense for over 20 years. She initially started practicing in New York City, but has been practicing in the Palo Alto area for over 15 years.  She has represented many individuals accused of sex crimes, including sexual assault and other acts of sexual misconduct. Diane has represented Stanford students during various disciplinary proceedings, including sexual assault matters.  She understands the gravity of what each student - Complainant and Respondent - is going through.  She looks forward to helping and advising both Complainants and Respondents through the Student Title IX Process.   


Katie Hadrovic


Katie Hadrovic has practiced law as both a criminal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, handling all aspects of criminal matters, including investigation, witness preparation, settlement negotiations, jury and non-jury trials, and final resolution.  Katie is admitted to practice law in both NY and CA. Katie is also a parent to three college aged children. Katie is ready to advise both Complainant and Respondent students involved in a Title IX Process.


Mark Hejinian


Mark Hejinian is an associate with the law firm of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, in San Francisco. His practice focuses on commercial litigation matters and white collar criminal investigations. Mark counsels clients in various industries, including telecom, pharmaceutical, and insurance. He has also represented students in high-stakes school disciplinary proceedings. Mark looks forward to advising responding students in navigating their way through Stanford’s Title IX Process.


Dana Sukenik Kornfeld


Dana S. Kornfeld is an attorney whose litigation experience includes protecting the rights of individuals and corporations and advocating for both employers and employees to create better workplaces. She has taught legal research and writing at both Stanford Law School and UC Hastings School of Law.  She has also worked in University administration, managing research centers at the Stanford Medical School and UC Hastings School of Law. She has a longstanding commitment to protecting civil rights and looks forward to advising Stanford students going through the Stanford Title IX process.


Naomi Rustomjee


Naomi Rustomjee is a partner at the law firm of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, in San Francisco.  Her litigation practice focuses on business and commercial, labor and employment, and property and land-use disputes.  She has also represented students and faculty in high-stakes school disciplinary proceedings.  Naomi looks forward to advising Responding Students in how to navigate through the university’s Title IX Process. 


Susan Stark


Susan has 17 years of experience as a civil litigator representing individuals in a variety of civil disputes including, employee claims for sexual harassment, discrimination and disability claims against employers.  She has extensive experience in the discovery phase (information, fact gathering) of civil litigation in taking/defending depositions, conducting written discovery, law & motion and has advised numerous clients on their rights and legal options in every phase of the litigation process. Susan looks forward to advising students through Stanford’s Title IX Process and appreciates that there are multiple nuances and interpretations of communications exchanged between/among affected parties involved so she is not wedded to representing only a complainant or respondent.