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. Luke represents 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 to argue an Establishment Clause appeal on behalf of the Becket Fund and several states. 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.” He has also argued appeals in the Third, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits.
Luke appears frequently in the national news media to discuss religious liberty issues, including appearances on CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, PBS, and NPR.
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. 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.