Villanova University School of Law held its annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, March 26. Professor Susan J. Stabile, the Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, presented on what constitutes religious persecution in a pluralist society, and whether we should be concerned with the use of the term “persecution” for the kind of issues that have given rise to that label in the United States.
Stabile is among the nation’s leading scholars on the intersection of Catholic social thought and the law. 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 holds a BA from Georgetown University and a JD 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.
About the Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture:
Through the generosity of Professor Giannella’s family, colleagues, Law School alumni and other friends, an endowed fund was established to honor the distinguished scholar and beloved educator who died in 1974. The lectureship brings a leading scholar to Villanova each year; the presented paper is subsequently published in the Villanova Law Review.