Until her retirement in May of 2015, Estelle Rogers was Legislative Director of Project Vote. In this position, she coordinated the organization's policy work on both state and federal levels, including interacting directly with legislators and staff, writing testimony and public education materials, and building coalitions with other organizations. For most of her 40-year career in Washington, DC, Rogers did similar public policy work on a variety of issues, including reproductive rights, criminal justice reform, and civil liberties. 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), training Russian lawyers in advocacy skills.
Among her many positions in the American Bar Association, Rogers represents the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice in the ABA’s policy-making House of Delegates. She chairs the ABA Standing Committee on Election law and co-chairs the Women’s Caucus. She has chaired the Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs and the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law. Her past ABA experience also included service on the Standing Committee on Gun Violence, the Commission on Women in the Profession, and the Death Penalty Representation Project. She is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Since her retirement, Rogers has relocated to Sonoma County, California, where she volunteers for several non-profit organizations.