Susan Stabile

Professor of Law and Faculty Fellow for Spiritual Life

(651) 962-4832
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4832

1000 LaSalle Ave. 
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015

Office Location: MSL 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. 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.  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.

Courses Taught

Number Title Credits
864 Employment Law 2
870 Pensions and Employee Benefits 3
950 Supervised Resrch & Writing .5


Susan J. Stabile, Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation (Oxford U. Press 2012).

Jayne E. Zanglein, Lawrence A. Frolik & Susan J. Stabile, ERISA Litigation (4th ed., Bureau of National Affairs 2011) (also 3d ed. 2008 and Supps. 2009 & 2010).

John H. Langbein, David Pratt & Susan J. Stabile, Pension and Employee Benefits Law (5th ed.,  Foundation Press 2010) (also 4th ed. 2006, 2008 Supplement and Teacher’s Manual).

Peggie R. Smith, Ann C. Hodges, Susan J. Stabile, & Rafael Gely, Principles of Employment Law (West 2009).

Susan J. Stabile, 401(k) Answer Book: Special Supplement - Lessons from Enron (Wolters Kluwer 2002).


Susan J. Stabile, Blame It on Catholic Bishop: The Question of NLRB Jurisdiction over Religious Colleges and Universities, 39 Pepp. L. Rev. 1317 (2013).

Susan J. Stabile, In Defense of a More Coherent Approach to Executive and Rank and File Compensation, 25 J. C.R. & Econ. Dev. 565 (2011).

Susan J. Stabile, An Effort to Articulate a Catholic Realist Approach to Abortion, 7 U. St. Thomas L.J.  340 (2010).

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Susan J. Stabile, Vocation, Formation and the Next Generation: The Role of Catholic Law Schools in Light of Catholic Social Thought, 7 J. Cath. Soc. Thought 439 (2010). 

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Susan J. Stabile, The Challenges of Opening a Dialogue Between Catholic and Secular Feminist Legal Theorists, 48 J. Cath. Legal Stud. 219 (2009). 

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Susan J. Stabile, The Practice of Law as Response to God's Call, 32 Seattle U. L. Rev. 389 (2009).

Susan J. Stabile, One Catholic’s Thoughts on Voting for a President, 47 J. Cath. Legal Stud. 303 (2008).

Susan J. Stabile, Google Benefits or Google’s Benefit?, 3 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 97 (2008).

Susan J. Stabile, Workers in the Vineyard: Catholic Social Thought and the Workplace, 5 J. Cath. Soc. Thought 371 (2008).

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Susan J. Stabile, “Poor” Coverage: The Preferential Option for the Poor and Access to Health Care, 5 J. Cath. Soc. Thought 125 (2008).

Susan J. Stabile, Can Secular Feminists and Catholic Feminists Work Together to Ease the Conflict Between Work and Family?, 4 U. St. Thomas L.J. 432 (2007).

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Susan J. Stabile, Is it Time to Admit the Failure of an Employer-Based Pension System?, 11 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 305 (2007).

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 Susan J. Stabile & Jayne Zanglein, ERISA Fiduciary Litigation: A Three-Part Primer, 33 J. Pension Plan. & Compliance 56 (2007).

Susan J. Stabile, When Conscience Clashes with State Law & Policy: Catholic Institutions, 46 J. Cath. Legal Stud.  137 (2007).

Susan J. Stabile, John Courtney Murray and the Abortion Debate, 4 J. Catholic Soc. Thought 87 (2007).

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Susan J. Stabile, 'Othering' and the Law, U. St. Thomas Legal Stud. Res. Paper No. 08-37.

Susan J. Stabile, State Law Health Care Initiatives, 19 St. Thomas L. Rev. 87 (2006).

Susan J. Stabile, A Catholic Vision of the Corporation, 4 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 181 (2005).

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Susan J. Stabile, State Attempts to Define Religion: The Ramifications of Applying Mandatory Prescription Contraceptive Coverage Statutes to Religious Employees, 28 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 741 (2005).

Susan J. Stabile, Catholic Legal Theory, 44 J. Cath. Legal Stud. 421 (2005).

Jayne Zanglein & Susan J. Stabile, Remedies Available Under a Qualified Plan, 31 J. Pension Plan. & Compliance 1 (2005).

Susan J. Stabile, Sarbanes-Oxley’s Rules of Professional Responsibility Viewed Through a Sextonian Lens, 60 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 31 (2004).

Susan J. Stabile, Using Religion to Promote Corporate Responsibility, 39 Wake Forest L. Rev. 839 (2004).

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Susan J. Stabile, Religious Employers and Statutory Prescription Contraceptive Mandates, 43 Cath. Law. 169 (2004).

Susan J. Stabile, I Believed My Employer and Didn’t Sell My Company Stock: Is There an ERISA (Or ’34 Act) Remedy for Me?, 36 Conn. L. Rev. 385 (2004).

Susan J. Stabile, The Behavior of Defined Contribution Plan Participants, 77 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 71 (2002).

Susan J. Stabile, Freedom to Choose Unwisely: Congress’ Misguided Decision to Leave 401(k) Plan Participants to Their Own Devices, 11 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 361 (2002).

Susan J. Stabile, Enron, Global Crossing, and Beyond: Implications for Workers, 76 St. John’s L. Rev. 815 (2002).

Susan J. Stabile, Another Look at 401(K) Plan Investments in Employer Securities35 J. Marshall L. Rev. 539 (2002). 

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Susan J. Stabile, One for A, Two for B, and Four Hundred for C: The Widening Gap in Pay between Executives and Rank and File Employees, 36 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 115 (2002).

Susan J. Stabile, The Use of Personality Tests as a Hiring Tool: Is the Benefit Worth the Cost?, 4 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 279 (2002).

Susan J. Stabile, My Executive Makes More Than Your Executive: Rationalizing Executive Pay in a Global Economy, 14 N.Y. Int’l L. Rev. 63 (2001).

Susan J. Stabile, Breach of ERISA Fiduciary Responsibilities: Who’s Liable Anyway?, 5 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 135 (2001).

Susan J. Stabile, Paternalism Isn’t Always a Dirty Word: Can the Law Better Protect Defined Contribution Plan Participants?, 5 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 491 (2001).

Susan J. Stabile, Viewing Corporate Executive Compensation Through a Partnership Lens: A Tool to Focus Reform, 35 Wake Forest L. Rev. 153 (2000).

Susan J. Stabile, Motivating Executives: Does Performance-Based Compensation Positively Affect Managerial Performance?, 2 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 227 (1999).

Susan J. Stabile, Pension Plan Investments in Employer Securities: More is Not Always Better, 15 Yale J. on Reg. 61 (1998).

Susan J. Stabile, The Role of Congressional Intent in Determining the Existence of Implied Private Rights of Action, 71 Notre Dame L. Rev. 861 (1996).

Susan J. Stabile, Preemption of State Law by Federal Law: A Task for Congress or the Courts?, 40 Vill. L. Rev. 1 (1995).

Susan J. Stabile, Protecting Retiree Medical Benefits in Bankruptcy: The Scope of Section 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code, 14 Cardozo L. Rev. 1911 (1993).

Short Pieces

Susan J. Stabile, Symposium: The Jurisprudential Legacy of John Paul II: Introduction, 45 J. Cath. Legal Stud. 221 (2006).

Michael A. Simons & Susan J. Stabile, A New ERA for the Catholic Lawyer, 44 J. Cath. Legal Stud. v (2005).

Susan J. Stabile, John Sexton Tribute, 60 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 27 (2004).

Susan J. Stabile & Nichol Hart, Legislative Developments – Sarbanes-Oxley, 563 PLI/Tax 237 (2003).

Susan J. Stabile, Insurance Company Developments: More on Harris Trust v. John Hancock, 492 PLI/Tax 519 (2001).

Susan J. Stabile, Is There a Role for Tax Law in Policing Executive Compensation?, 72 St. John’s L. Rev. 81 (1998).

Susan J. Stabile, Beyond Verity v. Howe: What Will the Fallout Be?, 397 PLI/Tax 859 (1997).

Susan J. Stabile, The Employer as Fiduciary: Settlor v. Fiduciary Functions, 381 PLI/Tax 153 (1996).

Susan J. Stabile, AIDS, Insurance, and the ADA, 10 St. John’s J. Legal Comment 533 (1995).

Susan J. Stabile, Fiduciary Standards, 366 PLI/Tax 43 (1995).

Susan J. Stabile, Symposium: The 20th Anniversary of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (1974-1994): Concluding Remarks, 68 St. John’s L. Rev. 481 (1994).

Other Works

Arthur H. Kohn, Susan J. Stabile, A. Richard Susko & Alan S. Wilmit, Selected Issues Respecting Stock Based Compensation Schemes, 792 PLI/Corp 681 (1992).