Veronica Root Martinez
Professor of Law
Robert & Marion Short Scholar
Director, Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion
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. She is one of the nation’s foremost experts on corporate compliance, and her compliance scholarship has been published in the Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, The University of Chicago Law Review Online, as well as in other journals. She is the nation’s leading academic expert on the role of monitors and monitorships, and her scholarship on the topic has appeared in the Virginia Law Review, the Yale Journal on Regulation, and the Fordham Law Review, as well as in other venues. 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 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."
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.
LAW 60105 - Contracts
LAW 70808 - Professional Responsibility
LAW 73127 - Corporate Compliance & Ethics Seminar
LAW 74126 - Global Compliance Survey
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).
Complex Compliance Investigations, 120 Columbia Law Review 249-307 (2020)
A Theory of Cooperative Enforcement, _ Law & Contemporary Problems __ (2020) (forthcoming)
More Meaningful Ethics, University of Chicago Law Review Online (January 27, 2020)
The Outsized Influence of the FCPA?, 2019 Illinois Law Review 1205-1225 (2019)
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)
Constraining Monitors, 85 Fordham Law Review 2227-2247 (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