Melissa A. Miyashiro '10

  • Lecturer in Law


  • BS University of Denver 2004
  • JD William S. Richardson School of Law 2010


Melissa Miyashiro is a Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) Legal Fellow working with the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture on invasive species prevention.  She is also a Lecturer in Law for the law school's Legal Practice II course.

Prior to her current fellowship, Melissa worked as a litigation attorney at Shults & Tamm, ALC, after clerking for the Honorable Katherine G. Leonard at the Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals.  She received her Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2010 with an Environmental Law Certificate, and she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Denver.


  • The Sound of Falling Trees:  Integrating Environmental Justice Principles into the Climate Change Framework for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), 20 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 515 (2010).
  • Compensating Climate Change Victims:  The Climate Compensation Fund as an Alternative to Tort Litigation, 2.2 Sea Grant L. & Pol’y J. 49 (Winter 2009/2010).