Stephen Sugarman

Raiders won’t reveal their case for leaving Oakland

Stephen Sugarman interviewed by San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 6, 2016

Stephen Sugarman questioned the NFL’s interpretation of its rules but said that fans and cities such as Oakland had no legal standing to demand the Raiders release their reasons for seeking to leave town. “The whole idea of having a sensible criteria set out in advance is … to avoid another antitrust battle between the league and the team seeking to relocate — as happened with the Raiders in the past.”

To help smokers quit, make them vapers

Stephen Sugarman writes for Los Angeles Times, Sept. 10, 2015

Blanket laws discouraging the use of e-cigarettes are the wrong policy move. E-cigarettes have already shown themselves to be an appealing alternative to many smokers who are trying to quit. Because almost 500,000 Americans die annually from tobacco-related diseases, a lot is at stake.

California vaccine legislation spurs legal debate over right to education

Stephen Sugarman quoted in San Jose Mercury News, April 18, 2015

“We interfere with people’s liberty in the name of public health in many ways,” said Sugarman. … He pointed out that individuals with tuberculosis can be quarantined, while chemicals are added into the public water supply to fight tooth decay. He said if objecting parents “lose this battle in Sacramento, I don’t think that the courts are the right place to provide them with relief in this instance.”

The overlooked victims of violent crime

Stephen Sugarman writes for The New York Times, January 20, 2014
“Otherwise, as tragic as it is for the victims and close survivors of mass violence, their situation in the end is no different from the terrible situations in which the victims and survivors of everyday individual deadly violence find themselves. Ordinarily, therefore, it would seem unjust to single out mass violence events for publicly funded compensation.”

To the mat: parents to appeal ruling allowing yoga in public schools

Jesse Choper and Stephen Sugarman quoted in The Christian Science Monitor, July 3, 2013

“Just because the Ten Commandments condemn murder and theft doesn’t make laws prohibiting murder a violation of church and state,” says Jesse Choper, a constitutional scholar at the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. “McGowan v. Maryland saved a lot of other religious-looking laws.”

The San Diego case is not the first time a court has rejected a legal claim that teaching yoga in the public schools violates the First Amendment prohibition of the establishment of religion by government, says UC Berkeley law professor Stephen Sugarman…. What is termed yoga can be delivered as a form of healthful exercise and breathing, in effect, as part of the physical education program, he says. “That is what the judge decided here.”

Chrysler gives in to feds on Jeep recall

Stephen Sugarman interviewed by KTVU, June 18, 2013

“Winning in court might well be much less than the cost of ongoing battles, and it may be just as well to be done on this basis.”

Designing tax credit scholarship programs

Stephen Sugarman writes for RedefinED, May 23, 2013

I have written an article about tax credit school scholarship plans that will be published in the Journal of Law and Education… Put simply, funded by state tax credits, these plans enable low- and modest-income families to send their children to private schools in grades K-12.

When independence means you’re on your own

Stephen Sugarman quoted in The New York Times, April 11, 2013

“When these health care professionals are on the job, there is no immunity and they of course can be sued for malpractice,” said Stephen Sugarman…. “Suppose the woman was in fine health and in the facility dining room and was clearly choking?” he said. “Would it be O.K. for the staff just to ignore her even if they knew how to do the Heimlich? I don’t think so.”