Roland received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1971 and his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1974, at which time he became a member of the Oregon State Bar and went into private practice. He joined the firm in 1984. Roland has been an author and speaker for the Oregon State Bar, as well as many other groups, and has served on various Oregon State Bar committees. He has been president of the Phoenix School of Oregon (1995), and the Roseburg Kiwanis Club (1988).
Law Clerk to Chief Judge Robert C. Belloni, U.S. District Court, 1974-1975.