James E. Rogers is a 1956 graduate of Las Vegas High School. He has degrees in accounting (B.S.) and law (LL.B.) from the University of Arizona and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Southern California. He was a teaching fellow in the law school of the University of Illinois in 1963 and 1964. Mr. Rogers holds honorary doctorates from the University of Arizona, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Albertson College of Idaho, Carroll College of Montana, Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Master of Laws in International Law from the University of Arizona. He is a member of the State Bar Associations of Nevada, Arizona and California.
An active supporter of education, he and his wife, Beverly, have made substantial financial contributions to various colleges and universities. Most recently, Mr. Rogers was listed as one of the top twelve philanthropists in the Nation by Time Magazine having given or pledged more than $275 million to various colleges and universities.