Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion to focus on ethics in government service in 2020-21

Author: Denise Wager


Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion announced that the ethics of government service will be its primary scholarly focus for the 2020-21 academic year. The program will support research and dialog among students, academics, and practitioners around this theme throughout the year. The program hopes to cultivate critical thinking about standards and norms that should be expected from government officials, irrespective of political ideology.

The program’s signature event will be a symposium co-hosted with the Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. The symposium will be held on February 12, 2021, and will be supported by the Robert & Marion Short Scholar Endowment. It will include contributions from legal academics and practitioners with significant government experience. More information regarding the symposium and a call for papers can be found here.

In addition to the symposium, the program will host student programming focused on ethics in government service. In partnership with the American Constitution Society, the program will host Donald Sherman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), for a virtual talk, “Advocating for Ethics in Government,” on October 27. During the spring semester, the program will host a student event on ethics in the judiciary.

“I am thrilled that we will be hosting this set of conversations throughout the academic year and at the symposium,” said Notre Dame Law Professor and Robert & Marion Short Scholar Veronica Root Martinez, who serves as director of the Program on Ethics, Compliance, & Inclusion. “The issue of ethics in government service has arisen repeatedly over the past couple of years, and we desperately need more academics focused on scholarly conversations surrounding what the government ethics, norms, and rules should be.”

More information about programming, along with activities related to compliance and inclusion, can be found here at the bottom of the page under Upcoming Events.