Last updated on: 8/8/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Luke Goodrich, JD Biography

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

“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,” becketlaw.org, Mar. 15, 2019

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
Education:
  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 2004
  • BA, Philosophy, summa cum laude, Wheaton College, 2001
Other:
  • Member of the Becket legal team that won four Supreme Court cases related to religious liberty issues.
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?