Holloran Center

for Ethical Leadership

Susan Stabile

Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law and Professor,
Fellow Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership

Phone: (651) 962-4832
Office Location: Room 454

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.

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 spritiual director and has significant experience in giving retreats and other programs of spiritual formation. Prior to her move to St. Thomas, she served as an adjunct member of the ministerial staff of St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset, New York.

Representative Scholarship

Pension and Employee Benefit Law (with John Langbein and Bruce Wolk), Foundation Press 4th Edition (2006)

ERISA Litigation (with Jayne Zanglein), Bureau of National Affairs 2d edition (2005)

Pensions: Retirement Security in a Post-Enron World, in P.T. Beatty & R.M.S. Visser (eds.), Thriving on an Aging Workforce: Strategies for Organizational and Systemic Change (Krieger 2005)

Can Secular Feminists and Catholic Feminists Work Together to Ease the Conflict Between Work and Family, University of St. Thomas Law Journal (Forthcoming 2007) (Symposium)

"Poor" Coverage: The Preferential Option for the Poor and Access to Health Care, Villanova Journal of Catholic Social Thought (Forthcoming 2007) (Symposium)

John Courtney Murray and the Abortion Debate, 4 Villanova Journal of Catholic Social Thought 87 (2007) (Symposium)

A Catholic Vision of the Corporation, 4 Seattle Journal for Social Justice 181 (2005)

State Attempts to Define Religion: The Ramifications of Applying Mandatory Prescription Contraceptive Coverage Statutes to Religious Employers, 28 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 741 (2005)

Using Religion to Promote Corporate Responsibility, 39 Wake Forest Law Review 839 (Winter/December 2004)

I Believed My Employer and Didn't Sell My Company Stock: Is There an ERISA (or '34 Act) Remedy for Me?, 36 Connecticut Law Review 385 (2004)

The Behavior of Defined Contribution Plan Participants, 77 New York University Law Review 71 (2002) (Symposium)

Freedom to Choose Unwisely: Congress' Misguided Decision to Leave 401(k) Plan Participants to Their Own Devices, 11 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 361 (2002)

One for A, Two for B and Four Hundred for C: The Widening Gap in Pay Between Executives and Rank and File Workers, 36 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 115 (2002)

The Use of Personality Tests as a Hiring Tool: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?, 4 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law 279 (2002)

Book Review, Review of William B. Gould IV, Labored Relations: Law, Politics and the NLRB, 14 Review of Political Economy 130 (2002)

Viewing Corporate Executive Compensation Through a Partnership Lens: Does Compensation Reflect an Owner-Manager Agreement on Dividing the Corporate Pie? 35 Wake Forest Law Review 153 (Symposium) (2000)