Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will be retiring within months.
What does this mean?
President Donald Trump will have an opportunity to appoint a judge to what is considered to be “the second most powerful in the land.”
According to The Daily Caller:
Her departure will give President Trump his first appointment to the court. The D.C. Circuit regularly hears cases involving federal agency power, national security, and the powers of the political branches, giving it a substantial profile in federal policymaking.
The court is also seen as something of a farm team for the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg each served on the D.C. Circuit prior to their elevation to the high court.
It is not entirely clear whether Judge Brown will resign or retire. The latter would allow “her to participate in cases on a limited basis.”
Brown became known as “one of the most conservative jurists in the federal court during her tenure.” Her retirement is a timely departure for a Trump appointment.