America's First Merit-Selection Judge

Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Winter 2004

The Scrivener, p. 4, Winter 2010

The "Missouri Plan" of merit selection is used by 32 states to select some or all of their judges. This brief biography examines the professional and judicial career of Laurance M. Hyde (1892-1978), the first individual to reach judicial office by merit selection. Widely regarded as the greatest judge ever to sit on the Missouri Supreme Court, Judge Hyde achieved nationwide stature in the field of judicial administration. He was president of Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers in 1966-67. [Includes photograph.]

Keywords: judges, judicial selection, Missouri Plan

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Date posted: March 14, 2010 ; Last revised: June 14, 2012

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Stockmeyer, Norman Otto, America's First Merit-Selection Judge (Winter 2004). The Scrivener, p. 4, Winter 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1569003

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Norman Otto Stockmeyer (Contact Author)
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )
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Haslett, MI 48840
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517-339-2246 (Phone)
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