Veronica Root Martinez, ’08, Awarded Distinguished Professorship by Duke University

Coleman, Greene, Martinez, Ryo awarded distinguished professorships by Duke

Professors Doriane Lambelet Coleman, Sara Sternberg Greene, Veronica Root Martinez, and Emily Ryo have been awarded distinguished professorships from Duke University. Their professorships will take effect on July 1. They are among 32 faculty from across the university who are recognized this year, including Elisabeth de Fontenay, who was awarded the inaugural Karl W. Leo Distinguished Professorship in October.

Dean Kerry Abrams nominated the four Duke Law professors on the recommendation of those members of the Duke Law faculty who already hold distinguished professorships. To qualify for a distinguished professorship at Duke Law, a faculty member must demonstrate a substantial record of intellectual achievement and the likelihood of continued future excellence as a scholar.


Martinez named Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Distinguished Professor of Law

Martinez, who will be the Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Distinguished Professor of Law, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on corporate misconduct and compliance and the leading national academic expert on the role of monitors and monitorships. Her interdisciplinary approach draws insights from ethics, compliance, corporate and securities law, and workplace law to develop strategies that will empower organizations to shape their compliance with law. Her forthcoming book, Building an Effective Ethics and Compliance Program, will be published by Edward Elgar.

“Veronica Root Martinez’s expertise and innovative research have established her as a leading academic authority in corporate compliance and the role of monitors,” said Abrams. “Her distinctive approach to understanding internal structures and processes has shaped the emerging academic field of compliance.”

Martinez joined the Duke Law faculty in 2022 after directing the Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion at Notre Dame Law School, where she was the Robert & Marion Short Scholar, professor of law, and the first Black woman to receive tenure. Prior to joining academia, Martinez clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced at Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C. She received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her BS in business administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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