Stephen Sugarman

When progressives went big for school choice

Jack Coons and Stephen Sugarman cited by redefinED, April 10, 2017

A decade later, Berkeley law professors Jack Coons and Stephen Sugarman fell short in their bid to bring universal school choice to California, but their gutsy campaign still punctuates a historical truth: school choice in America has deep, rich roots on the left.

Encourage vaping to help reduce smoking

­­Stephen Sugarman writes for RegBlog, March 13, 2017

Because vaping does not involve smoke from a burned leaf, it is dramatically less dangerous than is smoking, according to current evidence. Indeed, public health officials in the United Kingdom, estimate that vaping is 20 times less dangerous than smoking. In addition to being less dangerous than smoking, vaping also has proven to be an effective smoking-cessation strategy.

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.”