Born in Grafton and raised in Minto, North Dakota; married to James P. McEvers; one child and three step-children.
Graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Dakota in 1993 with a BBA in Information Management. Awarded a Juris Doctorate, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1997.
Worked for the Northeast Judicial District in court administration prior to attending law school. After law school, law clerk to the North Dakota Supreme Court, 1997-1998 term; private legal practice, 1998-2001; Cass County Assistant State’s Attorney, 2001 to 2005; appointed North Dakota Commissioner of Labor in July 2005; appointed District Judge in 2010 and elected to the position in 2012; appointed to the North Dakota Supreme Court in 2014; and in 2016, elected to an unexpired two-year term. She was re-elected to a ten-year term in 2018.
Memberships and Committees
Served on the Judicial Education Commission, 1992 to 1994; the Judiciary Standards Committee, 2004 to 2009; the Rough Rider Industries Prison Advisory Board, 2005 to 2013; the State Bar Association’s Commission for Continuing Legal Education, 2006 to 2010; the Domestic Violence Benchbook Subcommittee, 2009 to 2011; the Commission on the Alternatives to Incarceration, 2011 to 2017; the Pattern Jury Instruction Commission, 2012 to 2013; the Cass County Resource Committee on Elder Abuse, 2013; the North Dakota Judges Association, 2013 to 2016; the Personnel Policy Board, 2013 to 2017; and the Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee, 2014 to 2017. Currently chairs the Juvenile Policy Board, 2013 to present; and the Joint Procedure Committee, 2017 to present. Currently serves on the United Tribes Criminal Justice Advisory Board, 2014 to present; the Court Technology Committee’s File and Serve User Group Subcommittee, 2015 to present; the North Dakota Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission, 2015 to present; the North Dakota Dual Status Youth Initiative Group, 2017 to present; and the Executive Committee of Judicial Conference, 2017 to present.