President Joe Biden will nominate South Carolina U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Childs to fill the pending vacancy on the prestigious and influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the White House said Thursday.
A U.S. District Court judge for more than a decade, Childs’ resume includes work as a South Carolina state trial court judge on the circuit court from 2006 to 2010 and as a commissioner from 2002 to 2006 on South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Commission, a panel that hears injured workers’ claims.
Childs’ elevation to the court would put her at the forefront for consideration if a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court opens up. Supreme Court justices are often plucked from the D.C. Circuit. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, appointed by former President Donald Trump, and Merrick Garland, nominated by former President Barack Obama, both served on the D.C. Circuit. Garland’s nomination was ultimately scuttled, but he is now the U.S. attorney general.
Childs, 55, is considered a contender for the U.S. Supreme Court. Her name has been part of a larger conversation about elevating a Black woman to the Supreme Court, pushed loudly in large part by U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C
“Judge Childs has served with distinction on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. She has distinguished herself with keen intellect, fundamental fairness, and exemplary temperament; and is a leader among her peers, currently serving as President of the Federal Judges Association,” Clyburn said Thursday after the White House made its official announcement.