Stephen Sugarman

The sugar fix–regulation at retail level

Stephen Sugarman writes for San Francisco Chronicle, June 27, 2012

Over-consumption of sugar leads to diabetes, obesity and higher health care costs, and we need to work together to change that. With the right sort of direction, enterprises can be the leaders to help us achieve a lower-sugar diet for Americans.

Public pluralism

John Coons, Stephen Sugarman write editorial letters to First Things, February 2012

John Coons: Our melange of state-funded and private schools have maintained choice for families who can afford either to locate in a desirable district or pay private tuition. Those who cannot do either get educated in a school chosen by strangers. We trust only the well-off parents.

Stephen Sugarman: Charter schools are now at the heart of the public school choice movement. But the one type of school currently not permitted to be a charter school is the religious school. This forces parents who prefer a religious education for their children either to pay for it, find financial aid, or settle for something else.

Herma Hill Kay, Stephen Sugarman, and Mary Louise Frampton Influence CA Law

San Francisco Chronicle, February 26, 2012 by Mary Louise Frampton

Our scholarship has led to state and national social reforms. Herma Hill Kay, a former dean and professor, co-authored California’s no-fault divorce law, calling it a “movement whose time had come.”

Professors John Coons and Stephen Sugarman argued successfully for K-12 financial reform based on the Constitution’s “equal protection” clause. Lawmakers “embraced the idea of education equity,” says Sugarman.

Our public education lens today is focused on “restorative justice.” Considered unconventional by some educators, that’s a disciplinary tactic that encourages accountability and relationship building instead of harsh punishment. Results from our first-ever empirical study are dramatic: In one West Oakland middle school, suspensions dropped by 87 percent, and expulsions dropped to zero.

Stephen Sugarman Discusses Impact of Big Tobacco Regulations

The AM Law Daily, December 7, 2011 by Sara Randazzo

With the Food and Drug Administration turning up the heat on tobacco makers in recent years, industry rivals are increasingly at odds over how far regulators should go, says Stephen Sugarman. Bans on certain types of advertising, for example, would have less impact on a nationally recognized brand such as Philip Morris’s Marlboro than on lesser known brands trying to elbow their way into the market, Sugarman says.

Stephen Sugarman Comments on Molestation Case

California Watch, August 11, 2011 by Stephanie Rice

Stephen Sugarman, who teaches tort law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, said the case, which otherwise relies on the account of a young girl, is strengthened by the social services finding of inadequate supervision. “It would not be conclusive evidence, but it’s substantial evidence in their favor,” he said. “It would be tough evidence for (the district) to overcome,” he added.

Stephen Sugarman Notes Laws that Protect Smokers

The Christian Science Monitor, November 17, 2010 by Sara Afzal

“The laws are enforceable. There are laws that protect smokers,” says Stephen Sugarman, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. For instance, “I think it’s pretty clear that all of these laws prohibit an employer from firing an employee for smoking.”