Happy Friday from Avalon and Brad, and welcome to another round-up of the week’s news from and about the judicial bench. This week we heard from an outgoing circuit judge on her thoughts on mandatory retirement ages for judges. Spoiler alert, she supports them. We’ve also got some thoughts from law professors on Judge Jerry Smith’s recent dissental raising concerns over his colleagues abusing non-publication rules. One court watcher says while there are checks in place to discourage judges from manipulating publication to avoid review of a decision, it could become more prevalent as courts become more polarized.