Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion

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The Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion ("PECI") was founded at Notre Dame Law School in 2019 by Professor Veronica Root Martinez.  PECI is dedicated to creating compliant, ethical, and inclusive environments within organizations.

For scholars, PECI creates opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange by sponsoring roundtables, conferences, and co-sponsoring symposiums.  While located within the Law School, PECI attempts to create bridges with other academic disciplines to better understand how legal interventions impact the internal functioning of organizations.

For students, PECI provides advice on courses to take if students are interested in a career in compliance, supervises a legal ethics writing competition, hosts guest speakers, and supports

For practitioners and academics, PECI creates opportunities for interaction with both scholars and students.  In doing so, PECI bridges what is often a divide between academics and practitioners, so that each group is able to learn from each other.  

Learn more about the program.

Scholarship & Research

The Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion supports research that critically examines 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 2021, PECI co-sponsored two symposiums. The first symposium was co-sponsored with the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy on "The Ethics of Government Service," which included written contributions from top scholars, practitioners, and students. The second symposium was co-sponsored with the Notre Dame Law Review on "Building a More Inclusive NDLS," which included reflections from NDLS faculty, students, and alumni.

Recent News

Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion announces winners of 2021 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition (June 30, 2021)

Professor Veronica Root Martinez appointed to FINRA NAC (January 21, 2021)

Upcoming Events

Lunchtime Programs for Spring 2022 Semester:

  • Thursday, February 10 - 12:30-1:45 p.m. (virtual) - Heidi Stam, Retired Managing Director and General Counsel at Vanguard Group (Register here)
  • Thursday, February 17 - 12:30-1:45 p.m. (virtual) -  Ajay K. Mehrotra, Executive Director American Bar Foundation (Register here)
  • Thursday, February 24 - 12:30-1:45 p.m. (virtual) - Wendy Muchman, Harry B. Reese Professor of Practice at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and former Chief of Litigation and Education at  Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (Register here)
  • Thursday, March 3 - 12:30-1:45 p.m. (virtual) - SEC Enforcement Attorneys Brittany Hamelers and Sonia Torrico (Register here)

Representative Programming & Events