Luke Goodrich

Deputy General Counsel

Luke Goodrich
202-349-7216

Education

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, Order of the Coif
B.A., Wheaton College, summa cum laude

Clerkship:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Judge Michael W. McConnell

Biography

Luke Goodrich joined the Becket Fund as Legal Counsel in 2008. Since then, he has represented religious organizations and individuals in a wide array of religious liberty disputes at both the trial and appellate level, including cases brought under the Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause, Free Speech Clause, and RLUIPA. In 2009, Luke was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado in order to argue an Establishment Clause appeal on behalf of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and the Becket Fund. In 2012, he helped win a unanimous Supreme Court victory in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, which the Wall Street Journal called one of “the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.”

Before joining the Becket Fund, Luke was an associate in the appellate practice at Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C. There, he represented clients at all levels of state and federal courts in environmental, patent, bankruptcy, criminal, and constitutional cases. He drafted numerous Supreme Court petitions and briefs, and successfully argued a Third Circuit appeal, overturning a state murder conviction and life sentence on constitutional grounds.

From 2005-06, Luke served as an international legal and research advisor at the U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Before that, he clerked for Judge Michael W. McConnell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Luke received his B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from Wheaton College (IL). He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

In the News

CNN, February 12, 2012

 

ABC World News, February 10, 2012

 

PBS, October 7, 2011

 

Fox News, July 28, 2011

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