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Wendy Reuer, Published November 18 2013

Cass County judge appointed ND Supreme Court Justice

FARGO – A Cass County District Court judge has been selected to be the next North Dakota Supreme Court Justice.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple named District Judge Lisa Fair McEvers to the state Supreme Court today, according to a news release from his office.

McEvers will replace Justice Mary Muehlen Maring, who is retiring next month after 17 years on the bench.

McEvers became a district court judge in September 2010 after serving as the North Dakota Labor Commissioner since 2005.

Prior to becoming a judge, McEvers worked in a private law firm and served as an assistant state’s attorney in Cass County from 2001 to 2005, prosecuting criminal, juvenile and drug court cases.

“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 in a statement. “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.

The Minto, N.D., native, earned a law degree with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1997.

McEvers’ appointment will make her the fourth female justice to serve in the North Dakota Supreme Court following justices Beryl Levine, Maring and Carol Kapsner, according to the governor’s office.

The Fargo-based judge is one of the nine judges in the East Central Judicial District that includes Cass County. She will fill Maring’s term until the 2016 general election.