Justice Lisa Fair McEvers announced Thursday that she will seek re-election to the North Dakota Supreme Court.
McEvers was first appointed by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple to fill two of the four remaining years of retiring Justice Mary Maring’s unexpired term and took office on Jan. 1, 2014. She won election to fill out the final two years of Maring’s term in 2016. She is now running for a full 10-year term on the North Dakota Supreme Court.
“It has been my honor to serve on the court these past four years, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the people of this great state for another term,” McEvers said. “It has been my privilege to serve in the seat previously held by Justice Beryl Levine and Justice Mary Maring, the first two female justices in North Dakota history.”
Before being appointed to the state’s highest court, McEvers earned her undergraduate degree in 1993 and her law degree with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1997. After law school, McEvers served as a law clerk to the North Dakota Supreme Court and then in private practice. From 2001-2005, she served as an assistant state’s attorney in Cass County. McEvers was appointed North Dakota Labor Commissioner by then-Gov. John Hoeven in 2005. She was also appointed District Judge by Hoeven in 2010 and was elected to that post in 2012, where she served until being appointed to the Supreme Court in 2014.
As a sitting Supreme Court justice, McEvers has chaired the Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee, the Juvenile Policy Board and the Joint Procedure Committee. She is also a member of the North Dakota Dual Status Youth Initiative Group, Executive Committee of Judicial Conference and United Tribes Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
McEvers, a native of Minto, is married to James McEvers. They have four sons, including two who serve in the National Guard.