Pitt Law Professor Arthur Hellman was quoted in a recent article published by Amanda Robert of the ABA Journal exploring the question of, "how can aging judges know when it's time to hang up the robe?"
Hellman argues that even if there were sound policy arguments for mandatory retirement for federal judges, the issue is a nonstarter. It would require a constitutional amendment, something he doesn’t see support for in today’s political climate. “I don’t see any possibility of getting the constitutional amendment through the very elaborate process that it requires, even though on this particular issue, there may be a large degree of consensus,” Hellman said.
Full journal article here.