Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has begun to inform officials that she intends to step down, according to multiple reports Friday.
The expected retirement, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, would provide President Trump a chance to pick a successor in the second-most powerful court in Washington, D.C., behind only the Supreme Court.
Brown, 68, was an appointee of former President George W. Bush in 2005 and, according to the Journal, is a conservative voice in the court.
There have been multiple judges on the D.C. Circuit who later served on the Supreme Court, including the late Antonin Scalia.
The court is currently led by Merrick Garland, who was former President Barack Obama's unsuccessful pick to replace Scalia. Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who was a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, replaced Scalia.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Judge Neil Gorsuch had served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit before joining the Supreme Court. He had been a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.