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Susan Stabile

Senior Distinguished Fellow

  • Education
  • J.D., New York University School of Law
    B.A., Georgetown University

Susan Stabile is among the nation's leading scholars on pensions and employee benefits, and on the intersection of Catholic social thought and the law. She is the co-author of the leading casebook, Pension and Employee Benefit Law (Foundation Press) and the treatise “ERISA Litigation” (BNA). Her publications include articles in the NYU Law Review, Yale Journal on Regulation, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Notre Dame Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, and the Journal of Catholic Social Thought, among many others.

Stabile is a Fellow of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership, an Affiliate Senior Fellow of the St. John's University Vincentian Center for Church and Society, and a Research Fellow of the New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law. Also, she is a member of the editorial board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal.

She received her bachelor's from Georgetown University and her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the NYU Law Review. After graduation from law school, she was associated in New York and Hong Kong with the international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, where she spent her early years practicing corporate and securities law and later specialized in employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Prior to joining the St. Thomas faculty, she was the Dean George W. Matheson Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law.

Stabile is also a spiritual director and has significant experience in giving retreats and other programs of spiritual formation. She is currently serving the School of Law as senior distinguished fellow.


Women, Law and Religion, with Marie Failinger and Elizabeth Schiltz (Ashgate Publishers 2013)

Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation (Oxford University Press 2012)


Othering and the Law 12 University of St. Thomas Law Journal 381 (2016).

The Contributions of Catholic Social Thought to the Effort to Secure Just Wages for Workers 12 Journal of Catholic Social Thought 1 (2015)

What is Religious “Persecution” in a Pluralist Society 59 Villanova Law Review 753 (2014)

Blame it on Catholic Bishop: The Question of NLRB Jurisdiction over Religious Colleges and Universities 39 Pepperdine Law Review 1317 (2013)