Partisan divisions among judges are bound to happen, but two law professors are proposing one way to push back against them: investing in so-called “circuit personalities.”

William & Mary Law School professors Neal Devins and Allison Orr Larsen teamed up to publish their forthcoming piece in the Virginia Law Review that looks at how an appeals court’s personality—or its distinct local norms and traditions—can help bond judges and have even more far-reaching effects.