Veronica Root Martinez

Veronica Root Martinez

Professor of Law
Robert & Marion Short Scholar

Office: 1118 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-4766
Staff Assistant: Beth Smith
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Veronica Root Martinez writes about and researches issues related to corporate compliance, drawing on scholarship from the areas of professional ethics, corporate governance, workplace law, corporate social responsibility, and organizational behavior. She investigates the institutional mechanisms that firms can utilize to (i) improve long-term compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (ii) promote ethical norms within organizational environments, and (iii) encourage the development of diversity and inclusion norms. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in leading law journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and the Yale Journal on Regulation, as well as other journals. She teaches Corporate Compliance & Ethics, Global Compliance Survey, Professional Responsibility, and Contracts. 

She is the inaugural director of Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Ethics, Compliance, & Inclusion, which is an interdisciplinary program that supports research focused upon critically examining significant instances of immoral behavior, misconduct, and discrimination within organizations for the purpose of producing tangible steps that organizations can take to prevent similar future behavior. In 2018, Martinez received an internal grant from the University for a project titled, “Reclaiming the dignity of work through varied methods of assessment."

In 2019, 2017 and 2015, the Notre Dame Black Law Students Association presented Martinez with the Charles F. Crutchfield Professorial Award. Before joining the law school faculty, she 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

LAW 74126 - Global Compliance Survey


Book Chapters

Third Party and Appointed Monitors, Cambridge Handbook of Compliance (B. van Rooij & D. Sokol eds., Cambridge University Press) (2020) (forthcoming).

Anti-bribery/Corruption, Cambridge Handbook of Compliance (B. van Rooij & D. Sokol eds., Cambridge University Press) (2020) (forthcoming) (with Kevin E. Davis).

Journal Publications

Complex Compliance Investigations, 120 Columbia Law Review __ (forthcoming)

More Meaningful Ethics, __ University of Chicago Law Review Online __ (2019) (forthcoming)

The Outsized Influence of the FCPA?, 2019 Illinois Law Review __ (2019) (forthcoming)

Combating Silence in the Profession, 105 Virginia Law Review 805-863 (2019) (forthcoming) 

The Compliance Process, 94 Indiana Law Journal 203-251 (2019) 

Coordinating Compliance Incentives, 102 Cornell Law Review 1003 (2017) 

Constraining Monitors, 85 Fordham Law Review 2227 (2017) 

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 Michigan Journal of Law Reform 575-643 (2014)

Somebody’s Watching Me:  FCPA Monitorships and How They Can Work Better, 13 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law 321-381 (2011) (with F. Joseph Warin & Michael S. Diamant).

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Compliance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Professional Ethics