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Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)

A weekly subject-categorized index to the most recent issues of nearly 650 legal publications.

About Current Index to Legal Periodicals

The Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) is a publication that has been issued by the University of Washington School of Law’s Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library for nearly 90 years. Maintained diligently by an experienced team of editors, the publication indexes the most recent issues of primarily American law journals by subject heading. Since the 1960s, the index has been sent to its subscribers on a weekly basis.

Today, CILP has evolved into an essential current awareness tool for legal scholars. Moreover, the back issues of CILP represent a critical historical artifact that reflects the changes in legal scholarship not only over the years or months, but also down to nearly any week in question. Through CILP, members of the legal field receive timely, topical access to nearly 650 legal publications organized within 104 relevant subject headings.

Hein's Acquisition of the Product

The Hein Company and HeinOnline were proud to acquire the Current Index to Legal Periodicals in February of 2020, and to continue the publication of this crucial resource for legal scholars. Under Hein’s direction, the function and purpose of CILP remains exactly the same—to provide a weekly, subject-categorized index of the most recent law journal issues. Electronic subscribers may now download the CILP issue in various file formats directly from a database in HeinOnline, while also receiving the full text of the most recent CILP issue in an email on most Mondays of the year. 

Benefits of the Integration

SmartCILP: Customized CILP Alerts, Directly to Your Inbox

With Hein’s acquisition of CILP, institutions and organizations are now provided with unlimited SmartCILP profiles. SmartCILP is an essential current awareness tool for legal scholars, providing tailored alerts delivered via email as a personalized supplement to the weekly CILP issue. All SmartCILP notifications include full-text linking to HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library, proving to be an exceptionally valuable tool.

SmartCILP Topics and Subjects

All CILP content has been categorized into 104 subjects. Many of those subjects, in turn, have been organized under fifteen Topics (or groups) that allow users to subscribe to multiple subjects and subject-specific journals at once. After setting up a SmartCILP profile, individuals will begin to receive a weekly notification that lists the most recent material available within their chosen subjects or journals. 

  • Banking and Finance
  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Economics
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Laws
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Evidence
  • Jurisdiction
  • Practice and Procedure
  • Remedies
  • Civil Rights, Generally
  • Disability Law
  • Elder Law
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Business Organizations
  • Securities Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Law Enforcement
  • Sentencing and Punishment
  • Sex Crimes
  • Terrorism
  • Agriculture Law
  • Disaster Law
  • Energy and Utilities Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Water Law
  • Elder Law
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Property⁠—Personal and Real
  • Retirement Security
  • Domestic Relations
  • Elder Law
  • Juveniles 
  • Reproduction
  • Administrative Law
  • Courts
  • Elections and Voting
  • Government Contracts
  • Judges
  • Legislation
  • Politics
  • President/Executive Department
  • State and Local Government Law
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Tax Policy
  • Disability Law
  • Elder Law
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Health Law and Policy 
  • Medical Jurisprudence
  • Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Reproduction
  • Admiralty
  • Civil Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • International Trade
  • Law of the Sea
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Taxation⁠—Transnational
  • Employment Practice
  • Labor Law
  • Retirement Security
  • Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Tax Policy
  • Taxation⁠—Federal
  • ⁠Taxation⁠—Federal Estate and Gift
  • ⁠Taxation⁠—State and Local
  • Taxation⁠—Transnational
  • Air and Space Law
  • Communications Law
  • Information Privacy
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Science and Technology
  • Trade Regulation

SmartCILP profiles can be changed at any time, and users may manage and edit their own profiles through MyHein. Particular individuals may also become authorized to manage the SmartCILP profiles of faculty or staff at their subscribing institution. Learn more about creating, editing, and managing multiple SmartCILP profiles below.

Database Tools and Features

Weekly Issues

Receive the full text of the most recent issue on most Mondays of the year, and find the full archive available in the database. Learn more.

CILP Subjects in Recent Issue

Subject-Categorized Content

All CILP content has been assigned one or more subjects, meticulously maintained and defined by the editors. See the 104 subjects.


Receive tailored alerts to your email as a personalized supplement to the weekly CILP issue. Learn more about SmartCILP.

SmartCILP notification from HeinOnline

About the Editors

A combined 20+ year's experience in legal periodical indexing.

CILP Editor, Ingrid Holmlund

Ingrid Holmlund

Executive Editor

Ingrid Holmlund is happy to join Hein as a continuing editor of CILP. She is a graduate of Stanford University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Ingrid attended law school in her home state of Washington, earning a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. After a clerkship at the Washington State Supreme Court, she practiced law at a large Seattle firm, primarily in the areas of environmental and land use law. Later Ingrid returned to the University of Washington, attending its law librarianship program and obtaining a Master’s degree in Librarianship. She is also a member of the Washington State Bar. Ingrid began working at the University of Washington Law School’s Gallagher Law Library as a CILP editor in 2011. She enjoys classical music, politics, and cooking. At last count, she has 165 cookbooks overflowing her kitchen bookshelves.
CILP Editor Cindy Fester

Cindy Fester

Managing Editor

Cindy Fester’s path to the editing team of the CILP took a circuitous route. An employee of the University of Washington’s School of Law beginning in October of 2002, she worked for 13 years in a faculty support role. In 2015 Cindy was promoted to the position of editor of research publications in the UW School of Law. In 2017 she joined the Public Services team in the School of Law’s Gallagher Law Library, continuing in her editing role and was introduced to CILP as the proofreading editor. She later assumed the role she currently has, working part-time now with Hein and the indexers to produce each CILP issue. Cindy holds degrees in Journalism and English from the University of Wyoming. During her years at the UW, she served as managing editor of the student newspaper for a term and worked four years as a student assistant at the University of Wyoming Athletic Media Relations Office. An undergraduate during the first several years of Title IX, she earned varsity letters in volleyball and softball as a walk-on.
CILP Editor Tania Schriwer

Tania Schriwer


Tania Schriwer brings over ten years of indexing experience to CILP. After graduating from the University of Washington with a combined Law Librarianship/Master of Library and Information Science Degree in 2009, Tania started working for CILP at the Gallagher Law Library and is excited to join the HeinOnline team.

Prior to pursuing law librarianship, Tania worked as an attorney. She received her Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2000 and subsequently practiced product liability defense in San Francisco, California. She also clerked for the circuit and appellate courts in Chicago, Illinois. Tania is admitted to the bar in Washington, California, and Illinois. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and hiking the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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