Veronica Root Martinez
Professor of Law
Robert & Marion Short Scholar
Director, Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion
Veronica Root Martinez has had the pleasure of teaching at Notre Dame Law School since 2012, first as a visiting assistant professor, and then as a full-time member of the faculty. She is the first Black woman to receive tenure at the Law School and the first Black woman to be internally promoted to Full Professor at the University.
Martinez teaches Securities Litigation, Enforcement, & Compliance; Corporate Compliance & Ethics; Global Compliance Survey; Professional Responsibility; and Contracts. Her greatest professional joy is when her Contracts’ students begin to analyze cases like lawyers.
Martinez writes about and researches issues related to professional and organizational ethics, drawing on scholarship from the areas of ethics, compliance, corporate and securities law, workplace law, and equity and inclusion. She investigates the institutional mechanisms that firms can utilize to (i) promote ethical norms within professional and organizational environments, (ii) improve long-term compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and (iii) encourage the development of diversity and inclusion norms. Her scholarship has been published in a range of top journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Cornell Law Review, as well as in other venues.
Martinez is one of the nation’s foremost experts on corporate compliance and is the nation’s leading academic expert on the role of monitors and monitorships. In 2021, she was appointed to a four-year term on FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council. 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.
The Notre Dame Law School Class of 2021 selected Martinez as the recipient of the Captain William O. McLean Student Award. In 2020, 2019, 2017 and 2015, the Notre Dame Black Law Students Association presented Martinez with the Charles F. Crutchfield Professorial Award. Additionally, Martinez was the 2020 recipient of the Notre Dame Black Law Students Association’s Rebecca B. Ward Appreciation Award.
In 2021, Martinez was part of the University's All Faculty Team, and her scholarship was highlighted at a home football game. In 2020, the University recognized Martinez's work as part of its International Women's Day celebration. In 2018, Martinez received an internal grant from the University for a project titled, “Reclaiming the dignity of work through varied methods of assessment."
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.
LAW 60105 - Contracts
LAW 70808 - Professional Responsibility
LAW 73127 - Corporate Compliance & Ethics Seminar
LAW 74126 - Global Compliance Survey
Securities Litigation, Enforcement & Compliance
- Securities Litigation, Enforcement & Compliance (West 5th ed. 2022) (forthcoming) (with Donna M. Nagy & Lisa M. Fairfax)
- Building an Effective Ethics and Compliance Program (Edward Elgar) (forthcoming)
- Greater Publicness in Monitor Reporting, __ Harvard Law Review __ (forthcoming)
- Toward More Robust Self-Regulation within the Legal Profession, __ Washington University Journal of Law & Policy (with Caitlin-Jean Juricic) (forthcoming) (2022)
- Equality Metrics, 130 Yale Law Journal Forum 869-912 (2021) (with Gina-Gail S. Fletcher)
- Complex Compliance Investigations, 120 Columbia Law Review 249-307 (2020)
- Avoiding Judicial Discipline, 115 Northwestern Law Review 953-986 (2020)
- The Government’s Prioritization of Information over Sanction: Implications for Compliance, 83 Law & Contemporary Problems 85-111 (2020)
- Combating Silence in the Profession, 105 Virginia Law Review 806-863 (2019)
- The Compliance Process, 94 Indiana Law Journal 203-251 (2019)
- The Outsized Influence of the FCPA?, 2019 Illinois Law Review 1205-1225 (2019)
- Coordinating Compliance Incentives, 102 Cornell Law Review 1003-1085 (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 University of 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)
- Angelina and Madonna – Why all the Fuss? An Exploration of the Rights of the Child and Intercountry Adoption within African Nations, 8 Chicago Journal of International Law 323-354 (Summer 2007) (development)
Book Chapters & Shorter Works
- Building a Culture of Ethical Inclusion, __ Seattle Law Review __ (forthcoming) (2022)
- The Diversity Risk Paradox, 75 Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc 115 (2022)
- A More Equitable Corporate Purpose, Research Handbook on Corporate Purpose and Personhood (E. Pollman & R. Thompson eds., Edward Elgar) (2021) (forthcoming)
- The Role of Norms in Government Ethics, 35 Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 771-793 (2021) (forthcoming) (symposium organizer)
- On Being First, On Being Only, On Being Seen, On Charting a Way Forward, 96 Notre Dame Law Review Reflection 215-220 (2021) (symposium co-organizer with Notre Dame Law Review)
- Third Party and Appointed Monitorships in Cambridge Handbook of Compliance (B. van Rooij & D. Sokol eds., Cambridge University Press) (2021)
- Transnational Anti-Bribery Law in Cambridge Handbook of Compliance (B. van Rooij & D. Sokol eds., Cambridge University Press) (2021) (with Kevin E. Davis) (SSRN link)
- More Meaningful Ethics, University of Chicago Law Review Online (January 7, 2020)
- Investigating Intersections of Corporate Governance & Compliance, University of Chicago Law Review Online (January 7, 2020) (symposium organizer)
- Constraining Monitors, 85 Fordham Law Review 2227-2247 (2017)
Areas of Expertise
- Corporate Compliance
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Equity & Inclusion
- Professional Ethics
- Securities Litigation & Enforcement