Our goal is to educate and empower you to understand your legal conflict so you can successfully resolve it.  This may involve unbundled services or limited scope representation where our attorneys appear at certain important hearings for you.  This may involve our professional legal document preparation for your in pro per legal services.  This may involve legal coaching, ghost writing and legal research.  All at reasonable fees designed to get you successfully where you need to be to resolve your legal conflict with ease and less stress.  For those who feel full scope representation is their best option, CLAMS will always consider providing this important service at standard sliding scale attorney rates.

Tanya Harmony Ridino, JD  Founder and Principal,  !se habla espanol!

Ms. Ridino's work is supported by the office administration of Raquel Garcia Fernandez. Se habla espanol!

Tanya Ridino, JD, is the Founder and Principal of Community Law and Mediation Services of Northern California and Independent General Counsel for the non-profit organization Monarch Services.  She brings over 15 years of legal experience to her diverse legal practice.  Specializing in Family Law, Ms. Ridino also has years of experience with juvenile dependency, adoptions, restraining orders and guardianships.  She is a community leader in Juvenile and Family legal and policy needs.  Dedicated to improving access to justice by providing information and education of the legal system and facilitating communication regarding disputes. 


Ms. Ridino began her legal career litigating with the US Department of Justice in the Employment Rights Division with an externship at UCLA School of Law.  She practiced civil litigation for 5 years in two large multi-national law firms in Washington D.C. and San Francisco.  She took a much needed break from law firm life and lived for nearly two years in Costa Rica. There, she gained Spanish proficiency along with patience and wisdom acquired from working on an organic farm. She returned to law determined to remain in her heart, and dedicated to working with community.  For the next five years, Ms. Ridino worked with the well known non-profit Legal Services of Northern California and opened and operated Mendocino County’s first Self-Help Legal Access Center inside the courthouse.  She also held a 5 year state contract for juvenile dependency representation to often impoverished, uneducated and drug addicted parents in the CPS child and welfare system.  As Independent General Counsel to Monarch Services-Servicios Monarcha since March 2015 (previously known as Women's Defense Center-Defensa de la Mujeres) (a non-profit organization combating domestic violence, rape crises and human trafficking), Ms. Ridino has a varied family law, restraining order and victim rights practice.

Ms. Ridino’s greatest asset might be her tenacious willingness to fight for your legal rights with the strength of true compassion and mindfulness of the overall greater good. 

Areas of Special Interest:  Child Custody/Visitation, Peaceful transition from relationship (Divorce or Legal Separation), Restraining Orders.  Family, business, employment related communication issues.

Mediation Training: 2008 Intensive Mediation Skills Training with Gary Friedman of The Center for Mediation in the Law, 32 hours; Mediating Court Mandated General Civil Cases, Mediating Unlawful Detainer, Small Claims and Civil Harassment at court, Sponsored by the Lake/Mendocino Superior Courts’ Civil Mediation Program.


High resolution rate through use of a facilitative, understanding based, problem solving approach in high conflict business and personal disputes.



Juris Doctor, University of California Los Angeles School of Law (2000);

B.A., Psychology and Political Science, magna cum laude, University of San Diego (1996)

The Community Law & Mediation Services of Northern California (CLAMS) seeks to improve the overall harmony on the planet by increasing access to justice and lessening the stress of those in conflict.  By offering legal information, pro per or unbundled (limited scope) legal representation and mediation services at a reasonable price, all those involved in conflict will have viable options for resolution of conflict and thus will experience less stress.


The American justice system is largely inaccessible to the vast majority of our population.  Archaic laws and complex court procedure make legal matters unmanageable by all but trained attorneys and other legal professionals.  Exorbitant attorney fees frequently prevent lower income individuals from obtaining legal representation.  While most county’s legal self-help centers are overburdened and cannot meet the full needs of so many unrepresented individuals.

CLAMS is a collaboration of legal professionals working together to assist clients in resolving conflict with compassion and integrity.  CLAMS will provide legal information, in pro per and unbundled or limited scope legal services and mediation at reasonable and sliding scale costs to individuals involved in conflict.  For those who feel full scope representation is their best option, CLAMS will also consider providing this important service.

Mission Statement: CLAMS exists to improve the US justice system & the lives of individuals involved in legal conflict by empowering individuals to understand their conflict and legal options and therefore to resolve conflict with greater integrity.

CONTACT US for your initial consultation!


1509 Seabright Ave, Suite A2

Santa Cruz, CA 95062   

Telephone: (831) 704-6law

Email: info@clams.org