Veronica Root

Associate Professor of Law

Office: 1118 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.4766
Staff Assistant: Tracy Zielke
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Veronica Root writes about and researches issues related to corporate compliance, drawing on scholarship from the areas of professional ethics, corporate governance, employment law, and corporate social responsibility. She investigates the institutional mechanisms that private firms can utilize to (i) improve long-term compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and (ii) strengthen antidiscrimination norms.

Professor Root’s research on monitors has appeared in the Yale Journal on Regulation and has appeared in the Virginia Law Review and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law (co-authored). Her research on antidiscrimination efforts within large law firms has appeared in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.

Professor Root currently teaches Corporate Compliance & Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Contracts. In 2015, the Notre Dame Black Law Students Association presented her with the Charles F. Crutchfield Professorial Award.

Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Root was a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and an attorney at Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Georgetown University.

Courses Taught

LAW 60105 - Contracts
LAW 70808 - Professional Responsibility
LAW 73127 - Corporate Compliance & Ethics Seminar


Modern-Day Monitorships, 33 YALE JOURNAL ON REGULATION 109-164 (2016)

The Monitor-“Client” Relationship, 100 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW 523-585 (2014).

Retaining Color, 47 Mich. J.L. Reform 575-643 (2014).

F. Joseph Warin, Michael S. Diamant, Veronica S. Root, Somebody’s Watching Me: FCPA Monitorships and How They Can Work Better, 13 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 321 (2011).

1 ABA Section of Criminal Justice, Practicing Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Chapter Seven: Determining the Sentence (5th ed. 2010) (6th ed. 2011) (editions 1-4 prepared by others).

Emily Buss, Whitney A. Cox, Sarah E. Crane, Marlo M. Del Percio, Andrea C. Forton, Kathleen Hill, Anne W. King, Allison A. Lee, Alison R. Leff, Mary C. Lovejoy, Gwendolyn Baxter Morales, Heidi E. Mueller, and Veronica S. Root, From Foster Care to Adulthood: University of Chicago Law School Foster Care Project’s Protocol for Reform 1 (2008).

Veronica S. Root, Angelina and Madonna – Why all the Fuss? An Exploration of the Rights of the Child and Intercountry Adoption within African Nations, 8 Chi. J. Int’l L. 323 (Summer 2007) (development).

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Compliance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Professional Ethics