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.