Faculty & Staff




Assistant Professor of Law


JD, William S. Richardson School of Law, 2015
AB, Harvard University, 2011


Miyoko T. Pettit-Toledo ‘15 is a proud graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, where she joined the faculty in August 2022 as an Assistant Professor of Law.  She currently teaches Civil Procedure I & II, Advanced Civil Procedure, and Second Year Seminar. 

Professor Pettit-Toledo’s scholarship merges legal theory, research, and analysis with frontline advocacy for civil and human rights as well as social justice—something she learned and took to heart as the inaugural Korematsu Scholar Advocate while in law school.  Her work explores reconciliation initiatives and reparations for historic injustice with an emphasis on the intersection of race and gender.  Her recent cutting-edge research on healing persisting historic injustice harms across generations draws upon multiple disciplines including law, social psychology, human rights and indigenous conflict resolution, public health, and more.  This scholarship, in part, engages with victims, survivors, advocates, scholars, journalists, healers, government officials, community members, and those seeking to repair the harms from the Jeju, South Korea “peacetime” April 3rd Tragedy, as part of the ongoing reconciliation initiative that she first started working on over a decade ago.  Another area of her scholarship focuses on developments in the rules of civil procedure—at the federal and state level—and how amended rules may promote or hinder access to justice (in concept and in practice).  Her ongoing research focuses on the processes—including consequences and shortcomings—of making civil procedure in the U.S. Territories.  Her scholarship has appeared in the Denver Law Review, Berkeley Journal for Gender, Law, and Justice, University of Hawai‘i Law Review, and Asia Pacific Law and Policy Journal, in addition to other publications in South Korea.  She is also the co-author of a book The Jeju 4.3 Tragedy: Next Steps Toward Reconciliation (translated in Korean) (2015) with Professor Emeritus Eric K. Yamamoto and Sara Lee ‘13.

Following her graduation from law school, Professor Pettit-Toledo clerked for the Honorable Richard W. Pollack, then-Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawai‘i, and the Honorable Susan Oki Mollway, Senior District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.  She then worked as a civil litigator with McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP, where her practice focused primarily on complex commercial litigation, appellate litigation, employment disputes, and debtors’ and creditors’ rights.  Most recently, Professor Pettit-Toledo served as the Executive Director and Managing Attorney for Maximum Legal Services Corporation, a local Hawai‘i 501(c)(3) non-profit specializing in trust and estate administration and conservatorship and guardianship services for people across the State of Hawai‘i.

For her accomplishments, Professor Pettit-Toledo has been recognized as a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for outstanding professional excellence in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Bankruptcy, and Litigation – Real Estate.  She has also been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for outstanding lawyering in Business Litigation. 

During law school, Professor Pettit-Toledo served as a Case Note Editor and Publications Committee Editor for the University of Hawai‘i Law Review.  She also served as a summer law clerk in the Trial Chamber at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, Netherlands, where she assisted in the trial of Prosecutor v. Ayyash, Badreddine, Merhi, Oneissi & Sabra, an in absentia criminal prosecution of terrorists who committed a bombing of political figures in Beirut, Lebanon under both international law and Lebanese criminal procedure and law. 

Professor Pettit-Toledo currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Leadership Institute and co-leads a session each year on “Doing the Right Thing.”  She also serves on the Hawai‘i State Judiciary Committee on Equality and Access to the Courts.


Journal Articles and Book Chapters


Jeju 4.3 Solutions: Korea – United States Jeju 4.3 Task Force (with Eric K. Yamamoto and Sara Lee, translated into Korean by Jin Ho Kim) (2015)
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