America's First Merit-Selection Judge

The Scrivener, p. 4, Winter 2010

Posted: 14 Mar 2010 Last revised: 14 Jun 2012

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Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Date Written: Winter 2004


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

Suggested Citation

Stockmeyer, Norman Otto, America's First Merit-Selection Judge (Winter 2004). The Scrivener, p. 4, Winter 2010, Available at SSRN:

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