Governor Jack Dalrymple has appointed Lisa Fair McEvers to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Mary Muehlen Maring.
McEvers, 51, has been a District Judge in the East Central Judicial District since 2010. Previously, she served as Commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Labor from 2005-2010. McEvers has also served as an Assistant States Attorney for Cass County and worked in private practice.
A native of Minto, McEvers attended the University of North Dakota School of Law and graduated with honors, receiving a Juris Doctor in 1997. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. William A. Neumann of the North Dakota Supreme Court.
McEvers earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota in 1993, majoring in information management. Prior to attending law school, McEvers worked for the Northeast Judicial District in court administration for seven years.
McEvers was one of four finalists for the Supreme Court vacancy. The other finalists were Solicitor General Douglas Bahr, Bismarck attorney James Hill, and South Central District Judge David Reich. Twelve attorneys initially applied for the position.
The judgeship retains Maring's unexpired term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2018. Under N.D. Const. Art. 6, § 13, McEvers will face election in 2016, and if elected will serve the remainder of the term.