Elish Angiolini has been nominated as Scotland's new senior law officer by First Minister Jack McConnell.
The BBC Scotland news website takes a closer look at the career of Scotland's first female solicitor general and the first woman to be nominated as lord advocate.
Ms Angiolini's appointment as lord advocate would be historic
Elish Angiolini was born in Glasgow in 1960 and has spent much of her career in the procurator fiscal service.
She served as depute procurator fiscal at Airdrie for six years before a secondment to the Crown Office.
In 1995 she was appointed assistant procurator fiscal at Glasgow before returning to the Crown Office in 1997.
Ms Angiolini was then appointed regional procurator fiscal of Grampian, Highland and Islands in 2000.
She also oversaw the introduction into the prosecution service of the European Commission on Human Rights.
The 46-year-old was appointed solicitor general in November 2001 and became the first woman and the first non-advocate to hold the post.
Ms Angiolini received her historic nomination as lord advocate following the resignation of Lord Boyd on Wednesday.
If selected, she would become the first woman to serve as Scotland's top prosecutor and would become a senior member of First Minister Jack McConnell's cabinet.
She is married with two children.