The Missouri Bar in Numbers


H.A. "Skip" Walther
Walther, Antel, Stamper & Fischer, PC

29,138:

Active and current members of The Missouri Bar. Of this number, only 1,627 members are exempt from paying dues because of age or years of practice

5,144:

Licensed out-of-state Missouri Bar members

928:

2009 Missouri Bar new enrollees

29:

Attorneys serving in the Missouri General Assembly. Twenty serve in the House of Representatives and nine serve as Senators.

$177,840:

2008 average (mean) annual net income of attorneys participating in The Missouri Bar economic survey.

$179,904:

2008 average (mean) annual net income of private practice attorneys participating in The Missouri Bar economic survey. The median income (middle value in a series of values) was $115,500.

$165,611:

2008 average (mean) annual net income of corporate attorneys participating in The Missouri Bar economic survey. The median income was $139,500.

$104,504:

2008 average (mean) annual net income of attorneys in solo practice participating in The Missouri Bar economic survey. The median income was $75,000.

$66,340:

2008 average (mean) annual net income of government attorneys participating in The Missouri Bar economic survey

60%:

Attorneys who advertise in some form and who participated in The Missouri Bar economic survey

52:

Active committees of The Missouri Bar

45:

Members of The Missouri Bar Board of Governors

$9,796,000:

2009 budget of The Missouri Bar

($571,445):

Expected 2009 revenue shortfall

$129,737:

Actual 2009 revenue surplus

47:

Missouri Bar staff employees

14.3:

Average years of service for Missouri Bar staff employees. Our bar staff has been extremely loyal and dedicated. This adds value to all Missouri attorneys because our staff is experienced and diligent and efficient in their work, which makes our bar dues go farther.

35:

Years of service to The Missouri Bar by Executive Director Keith Birkes. Keith is widely regarded as one of the best bar executives in the United States, but he will be retiring in a few years.

11,829:

2009 Missouri Bar CLE registrants

$2,608,854

2009 Missouri Bar CLE and Deskbook receipts

$2,898,267

2009 Missouri Bar CLE and Deskbook disbursements. The Missouri Bar operates our CLE programs as a sort of utility, meaning that we do not expect or intend to generate net revenues from this service. We keep our registration fees as low as we can and hope to break even, but when we do not, then our bar dues slightly subsidize this service.

951:

2009 Solo and Small Firm Conference attendees. This conference may be the most popular one of its type in the United States. Bar staffers from other states routinely try to copy this very successful conference.

949:

2009 Missouri Bar Annual Meeting attendees

33:

Mandatory bars in the United States

27:

Missouri Bar rank respecting dues among mandatory bars. Only six other states with mandatory bars charge less in dues than The Missouri Bar.

2008:

Latest dues increase for Missouri Bar members

1994

Previous dues increase for Missouri Bar members. This dues increase was expected to provide sufficient revenue for the Missouri Bar for only five years, but the efficiency of our staff stretched this timeline out almost three times longer than anticipated.

7:

Missouri Bar rank respecting membership size of mandatory bars.

1:

State of Missouri rank in order of states adopting merit system for judicial selection. Missouri was the first state to adopt a merit-based system of judicial selection in 1940. Since then, Missouri citizens have benefited from a fair and impartial judiciary that has served this state with distinction. Politics are kept out of our biggest courtrooms.

34:

Other states adopting a form of merit selection after Missouri. Other states refer to merit selection as “The Missouri Plan.” Bar leaders in states without merit selection are extremely envious of our system of judicial selection.

153:

Judges appointed under Missouri Plan

230:

Judges elected in partisan elections in Missouri. Almost all of these judges work in counties small enough for them to be acquainted with a significant segment of the voting public. Voters in these counties can make informed decisions based on their personal knowledge of their judges or candidates.

0:

Appellate judges who raise campaign contributions in Missouri

0:

Missouri attorneys who pay campaign contributions to appellate judges in Missouri.

$40,904,205:

Amount of money spent on judicial candidates in Alabama from 2000-2008.

$20,877,264:

Amount of money spent on judicial candidates in Illinois from 2000-2008

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