(WOMENSENEWS)–President Bush Friday nominated Californian Justice Janice Rogers Brown to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., second only to the Supreme Court in power and prestige, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Brown is considered the most outspoken conservative member of the California Supreme Court. The 54-year-old justice is perhaps best known for her 2000 decision upholding Proposition 209, the voter-approved initiative that bans preferential treatment for women and minorities in public contracts, hiring and college admissions. If approved, Brown will take a seat on the bench often a potential steppingstone to the U.S. Supreme Court. Brown is one of a handful of judges the Bush administration is rumored to be considering once an opening occurs on the nation’s highest court.