Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced today the appointment of District Judge Lisa Fair McEvers to the North Dakota Supreme Court. McEvers will replace Justice Mary Muehlen Maring who will retire in December after more than 17 years of service on the state's highest court.
"Judge McEvers brings a wealth of experience to the position of Supreme Court justice, experience that includes private practice litigation, trying criminal cases before a jury and presiding over civil and criminal cases as a judge," Dalrymple said. "She has a proven track record of success at every position she has accepted, including her service as a District Judge and North Dakota Commissioner of Labor.
"I congratulate Justice Maring on her outstanding service on the Supreme Court and I also want to thank the candidates who were recommended for consideration by the Judicial Nominating Committee. They are all dedicated and highly qualified members of North Dakota's legal system."
A district court judge since September 2010, McEvers presides over civil and criminal cases. Prior to serving on the bench in Fargo, McEvers was appointed North Dakota Labor Commissioner in 2005. As Labor Commissioner, McEvers enforced the state's wage and hour laws and well as discrimination laws.
"I am honored and grateful to be named to the Supreme Court by Gov. Dalrymple and I look forward to continuing the outstanding work of the state's highest court," McEvers said. "
Between 2001 and 2005, McEvers served as an assistant state's attorney in Cass County where she prosecuted a wide range of criminal offenses in district court, juvenile court and in drug courts.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor, McEvers worked in a Fargo law firm where she primarily practiced business law and became a partner in less than two years. After graduating from law school, McEvers served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice William Neumann. A Minto, N.D., native, McEvers earned a Juris Doctor degree with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1997.
McEvers will become the state's fourth woman justice, following justices Beryl Levine, Maring and Carol Kapsner. She will fill Justice Maring's unexpired term until the 2016 general election.