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Noah Smith-Drelich

Academic Fellow and Lecturer in Law

Noah Smith-Drelich

Academic Fellow and Lecturer in Law

Noah Smith-Drelich is an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School.  He writes primarily at the intersection of tort law, civil procedure, and health law, examining the influences of substantive and procedural law on individual behavior. His publications are forthcoming or have appeared in the Southern California Law Review, Loyola Los Angeles Law Review, and Public Health Nutrition (Cambridge University Press) (peer reviewed).

In conjunction with his research and teaching at Columbia, Noah is lead counsel in Thunderhawk v. County of Morton (D. N.D.), a Section 1983 putative class action related to the 2016-2017 Standing Rock-led opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  More information about the case is available here and here

Before arriving at Columbia, Noah worked as a Staff Attorney for the ACLU’s North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming office and as an attorney at Korein Tillery, where he specialized in complex litigation. Noah also served as a law clerk to Judge Edmond E. Chang at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Judge Jay S. Bybee at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Noah received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Stanford Law Review and Editor in Chief of the Stanford Law and Policy Review.  Noah also received an M.S. in Environment and Resources (Health and Human Environment track) from Stanford University and a B.A. from Williams College. 

Between college and law school, Noah taught middle and high school English on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and was an Adjunct Professor in Government at Oglala Lakota College.


Stanford Law School, JD, 2012
Stanford University, MS (Environment and Resources – Health and Human Environment Track), 2012
Williams College, BA, 2007

Areas of Expertise

Torts, Civil Procedure, Health Law


— Performative Causation, 93 S. Cal. L. Rev. ___ (2020) (forthcoming)
— Curing the Mass Tort Settlement Malaise, 48 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 1 (2014)
— Buying health: assessing the impact of a consumer-side vegetable subsidy on purchasing, consumption and waste, Pub. Health Nutrition, 2016 Feb; 19(3): 520-9 (Cambridge Univ. Press) (peer reviewed)

LL.M. Legal Research and Writing