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Luke Goodrich, JD Biography

Vice President and Senior Counsel at Becket
Pro to the question "Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?"

“The tax code treats ministers the same as hundreds of thousands of nonreligious workers who receive tax-exempt housing for their jobs—that’s not special treatment, it’s equal treatment… [S]triking down the parsonage allowance would devastate small, low-income houses of worship in our neediest neighborhoods and would cause needless conflict between church and state.”

Becket, “Court Protects Ministers from $1B Tax Lawsuit,”, Mar. 15, 2019

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to churches and taxes. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the churches and taxes issue.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Vice President and Senior Counsel at Becket law firm, 2008-present
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2013-present
  • Associate, Winston & Strawn, 2007-2008
  • Legal and Research Advisor, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, US State Department, 2005-2006
  • Judicial Clerk, Judge Michael W. McConnell, 2004-2005
  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 2004
  • BA, Philosophy, summa cum laude, Wheaton College, 2001
  • Member of the Becket legal team that won four Supreme Court cases related to religious liberty issues.
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    Pro & Con Quotes: Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?