Noah Smith-Drelich

Assistant Professor of Law
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Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams St., Room 841
Chicago, IL 60661

Education

  • J.D., Stanford Law School
  • B.A., Williams College

Biography

Noah Smith-Drelich joined the faculty at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2020 as an assistant professor of law. His scholarship seeks to better understand the incentive structures underlying tort law, with ramifications that stretch from mass torts settlements to policing. Smith-Drelich also writes in the area of public health and health policy. His articles have been published or are forthcoming in the Ohio State Law JournalSouthern California Law Review (twice)Indiana Law JournalPublic Health Nutrition, and Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.

In addition to his academic research, Smith-Drelich maintains an active pro bono practice in civil rights and civil liberties impact litigation with a focus on indigenous rights and environmental justice. Currently, Smith-Drelich is the originating attorney and lead counsel on Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, a putative class action lawsuit challenging police abuses related to the Standing Rock-led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The case is in discovery against two defendants. The remaining defendants filed an interlocutory appeal of the district court's denial of their motions to dismiss, which Smith-Drelich argued in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in February 2022.

Before arriving at Chicago-Kent, Smith-Drelich was an academic fellow at Columbia Law School and a visiting scholar at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Prior to that, Smith-Drelich worked as a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming affiliate. 

Smith-Drelich was a law clerk to Judge Edmond E. Chang of the Northern District of Illinois and Judge Jay S. Bybee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also worked as an attorney at the litigation boutique Korein Tillery from 2014–2017. 

He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was an articles editor on the Stanford Law Review and the editor-in-chief of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. Smith-Drelich holds an M.S. in environment and natural resources (health and the human environment) from Stanford University and a B.A. from Williams College.

Selected Publications

Funding the Police, 84 Ohio State L. J. __ (2023) (forthcoming)

The Constitutional Right to Travel Under Quarantine, 94 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1367 (2022) 

The Constitutional Tort System, 96 Ind. L. J. 571 (2021)

Performative Causation, 93 S. Cal. L. Rev. 379 (2020)  

Buying Health: Assessing the Impact of a Consumer-Side Vegetable Subsidy on Purchasing, Consumption and WastePub. Health Nutrition, 2016 Feb; 19(3): 520-9 (Cambridge Univ. Press) (peer reviewed)

Curing the Mass Tort Settlement Malaise48 Loyola L.A. L. Rev. 1 (2014) 


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