First Circuit District Court Judge Melanie M. May was honored by the Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii with its Champion of Justice Award. She was recognized at VLSH’s 4th annual fund raiser on April 26, 2018 – Taste of Justice.
Judge May was honored for her tireless work in making the RACS program one of VLSH’s most successful undertakings. RACS stands for Re-entry and Community Service Program, where VLSH helps individuals with license stoppers to work off their old ticket obligations by doing community service work. VLSH said that it’s not uncommon for these individuals to have years-worth of unpaid tickets. Because they cannot get their licenses renewed, they are unable to drive to work and to see their families.
VLSH opened over 200 RACS cases in 2017 and Judge May heard every one of them. In addition, she has worked with VLSH staff to improve and build the program.
Congratulations, Judge May, on this well-deserved honor!