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Franklin L. Runge

university of kentucky college of law professor franklin runge

Faculty Services Librarian

205 Mandrell Hall

(859) 257-1081


Franklin Runge joined the College of Law Library Faculty as the Faculty Services Librarian in May 2011. His primary responsibility is to promote and amplify the research interests of all faculty members. He is the point person for the College of Law's digital scholarship efforts. Franklin is a member of the teaching team that instructs first year students in their Legal Research and Writing course. Previously, he served as the Interim Director of Admissions, a position that he held from 2012-2013 and 2015.  

Franklin received a B.A. in Political Science from Hiram College in 2000, a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2003, and a M.L.S. from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University in 2010. Following law school, he clerked for the judges of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, where his research interests included right to die decisions, complaints for grandparent visitation, and petitions to remove children from the Commonwealth. After his clerkship, he stayed in Boston, Massachusetts and practiced law at Weisman & McIntyre, PC, where he focused on product liability cases against tobacco companies, education reform litigation at the state level, and seatbelt safety litigation against automotive manufacturers.


  • B.A., magna cum laude, Hiram College (2000)
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (2003)
  • M.L.S., Indiana University (2010) 


  • Legal Research

Books & Book Chapters

  • Kentucky Case Law Research, in Kentucky Legal Research Manual (Univ. of Ky. CLE 2016).
  • Secondary Sources in Kentucky Law, in Kentucky Legal Research Manual (Univ. of Ky. CLE 2016).

Scholarly Articles

Scholarship is available for download at Franklin Runge's SelectedWorks page.

  • Keeping Up with New Legal Titles, 109 Law Libr. J. 143 (2017) (reviewing Laura K. Donohue, The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital Age (2016)).
  • An Empirical Study of the Copyright Practices of American Law Journals, 16 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 207 (2017) (with Brian L. Frye & Christopher J. Ryan, Jr.).
  • Government Research, in Modern Legal Research (Univ. of Ky. CLE 2017).
  • Keeping Up with New Legal Titles, 107 Law Libr. J. 462 (2015) (reviewing Courtney I. P. Thomas, In Food We Trust: The Politics of Purity in American Food Regulation (2014)).
  • Keeping Up with New Legal Titles, 105 Law Libr. J. 236 (2013) (reviewing R. Kent Newmyer, The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr: Law, Politics, and the Character Wars of the New Nation (2012)).

Popular Media

  • The Future of Law Libraries, 80:4 Bench & B. 18 (July / Aug. 2016) (with Tina M. Brooks & Beau Steenken). 

Selected Presentations

  • Listening to the Law: How Podcasts can Enhance the Legal Research Classroom, SEAALL (2017).
  • An Inspired Classroom or Meeting: Re-Inventing Yourself and Your Approach (Parts I and II), SEAALL (2017).
  • Isn’t this Class Just Dicta?: Making Legal Research Relevant & Things You Wish You’d Have Known, SEAALL / SWALL (2016).
  • Increasing Value: Reaching Out to your Law SchoolSEAALL / SWALL (2016).
  • The Copyright Practices of American Law Journals: A Collection of WTF MomentsSEAALL / SWALL (2016).
  • An Empirical Study of the Copyright Practices of Law Journals, Conference on Empirical Research on Copyright Issues (2015).
  • New Frontiers in Legal Research Education: Implementing Alternative Methods of Legal Research Instruction – One Year Later, SEAALL (2014).
  • Art in the Legal Research Classroom: How Markers and Tupac can Make an Impact, SEAALL (2014).
  • Providing Reference to Pro Se Patrons, Lexington Public Library (2014).
  • Journal Staffers: Midway between Student and Faculty, SEAALL (2013).

October 4, 2017

30 teams battled it out at HopCat last month for the University of Kentucky College of Law’s third annual Trivia Night. A record $1,540 was raised by students, faculty and staff to benefit the UK Law Legal Clinic.

Approximately 200 members of the UK Law community came out to answer questions in categories that included horse racing, Kentucky sports, and bourbon. The money raised will go towards purchasing Thanksgiving dinners, and covering filing fees and other costs for Legal Clinic clients. 

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July 5, 2017

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees recently approved promotions and/or tenure for five UK Law faculty members: Tina M. Brooks, Kristin J. Hazelwood, Diane B. Kraft, Cortney E. Lollar, and Franklin L. Runge.

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September 21, 2016

Benjamin Tuttle (UK Law ’16) has been selected as the first place winner of the 2016 Georgia State University Intellectual Property (IP) Writing Competition, which he entered during his third-year of law school. 

The competition asks law students to submit papers that address legal issues and challenges in the IP field. Entries are judged on originality of thought, contributions to the law and practice, completeness of scholarly research and the style and content of the work.

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September 20, 2016

This past summer, the University of Kentucky College of Law helped young actors from Stage Right Acting bring the story of Elle Woods, Harvard’s beloved blonde, to stage.

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May 17, 2016

On Friday, May 6, the University of Kentucky College of Law held its Commencement Ceremony to honor and celebrate the Class of 2016. 146 eager and remarkable law students walked across the stage in the Singletary Center for the Arts ready to claim their award for three years of hard work: A UK Law diploma.

“Today is a day of joy – for graduates and for all of us here today. We all share your sense of accomplishment, your sense of relief, and your sense of anticipation about the future,” said David A. Brennen, Dean at UK College of Law.

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SBA Hosts Trivia Night and raises over $800 to Support UK Law Legal Clinic

November 16, 2015

What does law, disasters of the 18th century, sports and shark biology have in common? They were all subjects of questions asked during the first annual Student Bar Association (SBA) Trivia Night to benefit the UK Law Legal Clinic.

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university of kentucky college of law students volunteer with local charities in the lexington community

The students in the University of Kentucky College of Law Class of 2018 are now several days into their first semester of law school. These individuals have chosen to pursue a career dedicated to assisting individuals and businesses in a time of need. Though they are a few years away from starting their legal careers, members of the Class of 2018 are already giving back to the Lexington community through service projects they participated in during UK Law’s Orientation. On Saturday, August 22, students and faculty assisted four local charities including Aids Volunteers, Inc.

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kentucky college of law faculty at keeneland

Activity around the law school has not slowed down over the summer. Many faculty members will enter the new academic year in promoted roles.

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As UK Law students leave the classroom and enter the workforce for summer employment opportunities, the Law Librarians want to make sure they are well equipped with the knowledge needed to excel in their positions.

This effort gave birth to the Clerk/Associate Research Insights Bootcamp (C.R.I.B).  Five instructional sessions focusing on different areas of research were offered to help students sharpen their skills.  Takeaways from the program included:

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UK Law Librarians who assisted with hosting regional conference

By:  Whitney Harder

The University of Kentucky College of Law Library is often a place for study sessions and important discussions, but its true mission is to help produce outstanding lawyers and expert legal scholars.

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