I am a lawyer, novelist, essayist and screenwriter. I teach legal ethics and entertainment law at the University of Nebraska College of Law. I also teach an undergraduate/graduate course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to aspiring artists about basic intellectual property, contract and tort law, and the business of agents and talent representation in the publishing, music and entertainment industries.

One of my hobbies is computer programming, mainly because it scratches many writer urges and has the additional benefit of sometimes being useful, instead of just entertaining.

People often ask me for advice about getting published or finding a talent or literary agent. I know more about how to find a literary agent. Whenever somebody I know gets published for the first time I ask them what resources they used and try to add them here.

Otherwise, this is where I post news about my work, or republish the occasional essay or short story that would be improved by well-placed hyperlinks.

Richard Dooling

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There never was a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn’t be. He is too many people, if he’s any good.

–F. Scott Fitzgerald

Richard Dooling was born 1954 in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his B.A. from St. Louis University in 1976 and, in 1979, began working as a respiratory therapist in intensive care units.

After traveling for over a year in Europe and Africa, he went back to law school at St. Louis University, where he was editor in chief of the Saint Louis University Law Journal.

He practiced law at Bryan Cave LLP in St. Louis for four years.

His first novel, Critical Care, was made into a film directed by Sidney Lumet. His second novel, White Man’s Grave, was a finalist for the 1994 National Book Award. His third novel, Brain Storm, and his fourth novel, Bet Your Life, were both New York Times Notable Books Of The Year.

Richard Dooling is also the author of Blue Streak: Swearing, Free Speech, and Sexual Harassment, a collection of essays on the first amendment and the politics of swearing.

Dooling’s Diary Of An Immortal Man, which appeared in Esquire Magazine, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in 1999. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The L.A. Times, and The National Review. He has also contributed op-ed pieces to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the National Law Journal.

New York Times subscribers may view Richard Dooling’s op-ed columns and book reviews by searching the New York Times Archives.

In 2003-2004, Richard Dooling co-wrote and helped produce Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital for ABC.

Since 2008, Richard Dooling has been teaching entertainment law, professional ethics, and the law of mass communications at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Richard Dooling lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife Kristin and their four children.

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