Rumors abound that Justice Stevens may be planning to retire at the end of the new Supreme Court term. The gist of this rumor is that since Stevens has only hired one clerk for the 2010-11 term, and he would normally have hired all four clerks by now, that he must be planning to step down. Retired justices are allowed to hire one clerk. This all makes perfect sense, but when I googled “Justice Stevens retirement” I got pages of news stories and blog posts predicting his retirement going back at least as far as 2006, so I’d not read too much into the most current rumors. That said, many people predicted Justice Souter’s retirement based on his not hiring clerks for this SC term.