Lisa Fair McEvers, 51, is a District Judge in the East Central Judicial District, chambered in Fargo since 2010. She is a native of Minto, located in Walsh County.
A 1997 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, she was a Law Clerk to Justice William A. Neumann.
She has served as the North Dakota Commissioner of Labor, an Assistant Cass County State's Attorney, and was a partner in private practice.
She serves on the Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, the Alternatives to Corrections Commission, and is Past Chair of the SBAND Continuing Legal Education Committee.
Graduated from Minto High School.
University of North Dakota School of Business and Public Administration, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Bachelor of Business Administration with major in Information Management, cum laude, December 1993.
University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Juris Doctor, with distinction, May 1997.
Named to Dean's list each graded semester, named Order of Barristers, 1997. Winner, Carrigan Cup Oral Advocacy Competition, 1997. Competed in Student Trial Lawyer Association Regional Moot Court Competition, and Regional Appellate Moot Court Competition. Member and Associate Editor of the North Dakota Law Review, 1994-97, published in North Dakota Law Review, 1996. Samuel and Etta Halpern Memorial Scholarship, 1996, Burtness Scholar, 1995, Marvin D. Sanders Scholarship, 1994.
The law has been the focus of my career since 1987, when l began working in the Northeast Judicial District as Administrative Assistant to Presiding Judge James H. O'Keefe. I provided administrative support for an eleven county judicial district with seven sitting judges. My duties included: ensuring judicial compliance with docket currency standards, facilitating case assignments, scheduling cases, drafting budget proposals and indigent defense contracts, and other administrative duties. Inspired by the fine judges and lawyers of that district, I continued my education and received my law degree in 1997.
Following law school, I clerked for the Hon. William A. Neumann at the North Dakota Supreme Court. Having completed my assignments from Justice Neumann prior to my clerkship's end, I volunteered and was granted the opportunity to assist Justice Mary Muehlen Maring on several of her opinions. I worked on over 25 majority and dissenting opinions. The opinions I worked on covered a broad range of topics, including criminal law, family law, and contract disputes.
After completing my clerkship, I accepted a position with the Tax Law Office, P.L.L.P., in Fargo. While in private practice my clients were primarily businesses having disputes, both civil and criminal, with the Internal Revenue Service. l also handled transactional work for businesses and accepted appointments as a public defender in Federal District Court.
I accepted a position as an Assistant Cass County States Attorney in May 2001. During my time with the States Attorney's office I prosecuted property crimes, traffic offenses, drug crimes, offenses in Juvenile court, and represented the State in mental health proceedings. I also represented the State in both the adult and juvenile Drug Courts. While at the States Attorney's Office, I served as an instructor in the North Dakota Police Academy.
In July of 2005, I was appointed by Gov. John Hoeven to the position of Commissioner of Labor. As Commissioner of Labor, oversaw the enforcement of laws assigned to the Department of Labor, including the state's wage and hour laws, as well as investigating discrimination in employment, housing, public service, public accommodation, and credit transactions. As Commissioner, I drafted legislation and administrative rules and provided testimony to the legislative assembly and its committees. I spoke at seminars and workshops to educate North Dakota's citizens on the laws enforced by the department. I served as a member of Gov. John Hoeven's Cabi net.
On September 2, 2010, Gov. Hoeven appointed me to the position of District Judge of the East Central Judicial District. During my time on the bench, I have heard many cases, and presided over a number court trials and jury trials. In November 2012, I was elected to the position. I enjoy very much the challenging work as a trial judge. I have handled many types of cases ranging from misdemeanors to murder cases on the criminal side, and from domestic cases to complex litigation on the civil side. In 20 l1, I attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. I have been appointed to serve on several boards, committees, and commissions, and currently serve on a task force studying elder abuse. I was a member of a task force that recently updated the Domestic Violence Benchbook. I have volunteered to hear petitions for National Adoption Day. I sat with the North Dakota Supreme Court on a case when a conflict occurred for a sitting Justice.
Licensed to practice law in North Dakota, 1997; licensed to practice law in Minnesota, 1998.
Admitted to practice in United State District Court, 1997; admitted to practice in United States Tax Court, 1998.
Member, Alternatives to Corrections Commission. Member, North Dakota Pattern Jury Instructions Committee. Member, Personnel Policy Board. Member, Cass County Resource Committee on Elder Abuse
Vice President, North Dakota District Judges Association.
Past Member, Domestic Violence Benchbook Committee. Past Chair, SBAND Continuing Legal Education Commission. Past Member, Supreme Court Judicimy Standards Committee. Past Member, Case Flow Management Committee.
Member, Cass County Bar Association, former Member, Big Muddy Bar Association
Vice President, Ronald N. Davies Inn of Court, former Member, Bruce Van Sickle Inn of Court
Commencement speaker, Woodrow Wilson High School, May 2013
Keynote address, Law Enforcement Memorial Day, May 2013
Member, St. Andrew's Brass
Member, Heather & Thistle Pipe Band
Member, Chapter Y, P.E.O.
Member, Elder, Deacon, choir member, First Presbyterian Church, Fargo
Past Member, Rough Rider Industries Prison Advisory Board
Married to Jim for 20 years.
One son, three stepsons.
Strengths you would bring to the Court
I have experience in the law from many different perspectives, having practiced in several different areas of the law. I also have extensive courtroom experience on both sides of the bench. One of my greatest strengths is my ability to work well and collaborate with others to meet a consensus. I have a strong work ethic and often volunteer for additional assignments to cover other judges or to serve on committees.
I am fair, impartial, patient, and courteous to litigants who appear before me. My experience as a district judge would add a perspective to the Supreme Court that is not currently represented.