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Lisa K. Fair McEvers


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 with a BBA in Information Management, 1993. Awarded Juris Doctor, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law, 1997.

Professional Experience

Worked for the Northeast Judicial District in court administration prior to attending law school. Law clerk to the North Dakota Supreme Court, 1997 to 1998; private legal practice, 1998 to 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. 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; State Bar Association’s Commission for Continuing Legal Education, 2006 to 2010; the Domestic Violence Benchbook Subcommittee, 2009 to 2011; Commission on the Alternatives to Incarceration, 2011 to 2017; Pattern Jury Instruction Commission, 2012 to 2013; Cass County Resource Committee on Elder Abuse, 2013; North Dakota Judges Association, 2013 to 2016; Personnel Policy Board, 2013 to 2017; Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee, 2014 to 2017; North Dakota Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission, 2015 to 2016; North Dakota Dual Status Youth Initiative Group, 2015 to 2016; and Executive Committee of Judicial Conference, 2017 to 2020; and Juvenile Policy Board, 2013 to present. Chairs Juvenile Policy Board 2016 to present; and the Joint Procedure Committee, 2017 to present.  Serves on United Tribes Criminal Justice Advisory Board, 2014 to present; and the Children’s Cabinet, 2019 to present.