Roger L. Hunt was born in Overton, Nevada and was reared in the small rural town of Bunkerville, Nevada. He is married to Mauna Sue (Hawkes) and together they are the parents of six children, and proud grandparents of five grandsons and five granddaughters.
He was valedictorian and student body president of his high school. He attended the College of Southern Utah for one year, then took a two-year hiatus from school to serve a mission for his church in New England. He finished his B.A. degree in History at Brigham Young University, graduating in 1966. He worked on a master's degree for one year and then entered law school at the National Law Center at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He received his Juris Doctorate degree, with honors, in 1970. While attending law school, he worked on the United States Senate staff as a Legislative Aide to Senator Howard Cannon.
Judge Hunt passed the Nevada bar in November 1970 and was appointed Deputy
District Attorney in Clark County, Nevada in January 1971. In December 1971 he joined a law firm in Las Vegas then known as Rose & Norwood. Judge Hunt was made a partner 18 months later. He remained with that firm, as a trial lawyer, for over 20 years. The name of the firm was ultimately changed to Edwards, Hunt, Hale & Hansen, Ltd.
He was appointed a member of the Nevada Indian Commission in March 1973 and was Chairman from June 1975 to September 1978. He also served on the Nevada Commission on Drug Abuse Education, Prevention Enforcement and Treatment from March 1991 to July 1992.
Roger L. Hunt became a United States Magistrate Judge on July 13, 1992, where he served for eight years before being appointed a U.S. District Court Judge May 26, 2000. He currently serves on the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instruction and Library Committees.