October 12, 2020 Standing Committee

Estelle H. Rogers, Chair

Estelle H. Rogers is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Election Law, having been appointed by ABA President Judy Perry Martinez in 2019.

Until her retirement in 2015, Estelle was the Legislative Director of Project Vote, a national nonpartisan organization promoting civic engagement, improved election administration, and voting rights. She had worked on election law continuously since 2004 at several different non-profits and continues to volunteer regularly as a voter protection lawyer.

From August 2003, through July 2004, Rogers was the Advocacy Legal Specialist in Moscow, Russia, representing the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI, now part of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative). Before her time in Moscow, she practiced public interest law for over 25 years, advocating on end-of life care, reproductive rights, and criminal justice reform, among many other issues.

Among her positions in the American Bar Association, Estelle represents the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice in the ABA’s policy-making House of Delegates. She has also chaired the Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs and the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law and has co-chaired the Women’s Caucus since 2010. Her past ABA experience has included service on the Standing Committee on Election Law, the Commission on Women in the Profession, and the Death Penalty Representation Project. She is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

In retirement, Rogers volunteers at a food bank, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Sonoma County and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Northern California. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland Law School, Estelle Rogers spent her professional life in Washington, DC before moving to northern California. She is the mother of two grown daughters.