Lecture Topic: "Why Religious Freedom Matters"
Luke Goodrich is Deputy General Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. During his time at Becket, Professor Goodrich has argued and won precedent-setting religious-freedom cases in the Third, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. He has also represented the winning parties in three major Supreme Court cases: Holt v. Hobbs (2014), which protected the right of a Muslim to practice his faith in prison; Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014), which protected family business owners from being forced to violate their faith; and Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC (2012), which protected the right of churches to select their ministers. Professor Goodrich has appeared frequently in the national media to discuss religious liberty issues, including appearances on CNN, Fox News, ABC, PBS, and NPR, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. Before joining the Becket Fund, he was an associate in the appellate practice at Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served as an international legal and research advisor at the U.S. Department of State, where he focused on fighting human trafficking. He clerked for Judge Michael W. McConnell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He received his B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from Wheaton College, and 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.
All Students: Cliffe Knechtle of 'Give Me An Answer' will be on the West Mall each afternoon November 14–18 from Noon to 4 or 5 pm, engaging you and your gnarly questions about the plausibility of a good God, Who can be known and trusted. Join us out there.
Graduate Students: Join us Friday evening, Nov 4, 6pm at Hill House as we enjoy dinner together and hear from Dr. Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Premarital Sex in America.
Graduate Students: Join us Friday evening, Oct 21, 6pm at Hill House as we enjoy dinner together and hear from Steven and Bethany Hebbard, innkeepers of Mobile Loaves & Fishes' Community First! Village in Austin.
All Students and Faculty: Join us Friday evening, Oct 14, for dinner at 6, the movie at 7, and discussion afterwards.
About 'Babette's Feast': After winning the lottery, Babette, a French refugee in a remote 19th-century village, wants to repay the family that took her in and offers to cook a French meal for them and their friends on the 100th anniversary of their father's birth.
Dell Medical Students: Join us weekly at Hill House on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 pm this semester for a home cooked dinner and lively discussion with various Medical Doctors from the Austin area chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
All Students and Faculty: Join us Monday evening, Sept 19, 5pm at Bellmont Hall (BEL), Room 328, as we enjoy dinner together and hear from Dr. George Yancey, professor at the University of North Texas and author of multiple books, including Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility.
All Students and Faculty: Join us Friday evening, Sept 16, for dinner at 6, the movie at 7, and discussion afterwards.
About 'Selma': The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.