Veronica Root Martinez

Veronica Root Martinez

Professor of Law
Robert & Marion Short Scholar
Director, Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion

Office: 2143 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 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 or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Cornell Law Review, The Yale Law Journal Forum, and The University of Chicago Law Review Online, as well as in other venues.  She teaches Securities Litigation, Enforcement, & Compliance; Corporate Compliance & Ethics; Global Compliance Survey; Professional Responsibility; and Contracts. 

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.

In 2020, the University recognized Martinez's work as part of its International Women's Day celebration. In 2019, 2017 and 2015, the Notre Dame Black Law Students Association presented Martinez with the Charles F. Crutchfield Professorial Award. 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.

Courses Taught

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. 2021) (forthcoming) (with Donna M. Nagy, Lisa M. Fairfax, & Urska Velikonja).

Remediators: Rethinking Efforts to Reform the Corrupt Organization (book manuscript in progress).

Journal Publications

The Role of Norms in Government Ethics, __ Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy __ (2021) (forthcoming) (symposium organizer).

Complex Compliance Investigations, 120 Columbia Law Review 249-307 (2020)  

Avoiding Judicial Discipline, 115 Northwestern Law Review __ (2020) (forthcoming)

The Government’s Prioritization of Information over Sanction:  Implications for Compliance, _ Law & Contemporary Problems __ (2020) (forthcoming) ​

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

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

Shorter Works

Equality Metrics, 130 YALE LAW JOURNAL FORUM __ (2021) (forthcoming) (with Gina-Gail S. Fletcher)

A More Equitable Corporate Purpose, Research Handbook on Corporate Purpose and Personhood (E. Pollman & R. Thompson eds. Edward Elgar) (2021) (forthcoming).

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

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

More Meaningful Ethics, University of Chicago Law Review Online (January 7, 2020) (online symposium) (symposium organizer)

Investigating Intersections of Corporate Governance & Compliance, University of Chicago Law Review Online (January 7, 2020) (introduction to online symposium

The Outsized Influence of the FCPA?, 2019 Illinois Law Review1205-1225 (2019)

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