Four lawyers have been named as finalists by the Judicial Nominating Committee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy that will be created by Justice Mary Maring's pending retirement.
They are: Douglas Bahr, James Hill, Judge Lisa Fair McEvers, and Judge David Reich.
Now that the Committee has completed the interview process and made its recommendations to Governor Jack Dalrymple, by law he will have thirty days to make a selection from the list of nominees, ask for another list, or call an election.
Under Article 6, § 13, of the North Dakota Constitution the person appointed "shall continue in the position until the next general election immediately following the service of at least two years."
Here is biographical information on the finalists:
Douglas Bahr, 53, serves as Solicitor General with the North Dakota Office of Attorney General. In this position, he is chief appellate lawyer for the state among other duties. A 1990 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, he has been with the Attorney General's office since 1991. He has also taught political science at Bismarck State College since 2008.
James Hill, 64, has been an active trial attorney for the Bismarck law firm Zuger Kirmis and Smith since 1981. A 1974 University of North Dakota School of Law graduate, he previously served for 5 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He has been the representative of the State Bar Association the American Bar Association House of Delegates since 1994 and recently completed a term on the ABA Board of Governors.
Lisa Fair McEvers, 51, is a District Judge in the East Central Judicial District, chambered in Fargo since 2010. A 1997 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, she has served as the North Dakota Commissioner of Labor, an Assistant Cass County State's Attorney, and in private legal practice.
David Reich, 56, has served for more than seven years as a district court judge for the South Central Judicial District. A 1982 U.N.D. School of Law graduate, he previously spent more than 20 years in private practice, working in civil litigation with the Pearce & Durick Law Firm in Bismarck. He has presided over a broad range of civil and criminal proceedings on the bench, including more than 100 jury trials.
October 28, 2013