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Will There Be a Wave of Appellate Retirements?

David F. Hamilton, during his nomination hearing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit. April 29, 2009. Hamilton is one of several circuit court judges who recently announced plans to take senior status. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

The past few days have seen a flurry of appeals court judges announcing plans to take senior status—and it might mark the start of a trend.