Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)


A weekly, subject-categorized index of the most recent law journal issues.


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, by subject heading, the most recent issues of primarily American law journals. Since the 1960s, the index has been sent to its subscribers on a weekly basis.

Through CILP, law professors, lawyers, and law librarians receive timely topical access to more than 650 legal publications organized within 104 relevant subject headings. Also included are complete tables of contents from all journals indexed, as well as Bluebook citations.

William S. Hein & Co., Inc. and HeinOnline are proud to continue the publication of this crucial resource for legal scholars. Under Hein’s direction, the function and purpose of CILP will remain exactly the same—to provide a weekly, subject-categorized index of the most recent law journal issues.

Benefits of Hein’s Acquisition of CILP

  • Unlimited SmartCILP profiles are now available to institutions and organizations
  • Complete access to the digital archive of CILP is available dating back to 1936
  • Enhanced efficiencies resulting in timely indexing of current issues and additional periodicals indexed per issue
  • Forthcoming expansion of periodical coverage
  • The previous editorial staff (Cynthia Fester, Tania Schriwer, and Ingrid Holmlund), who have decades of combined experience editing for the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library, will continue to index each issue of CILP under Hein
  • Direct integration with HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library of 2,800+ periodicals
  • Frequent enhancements will be implemented to the product
  • Access to Hein’s incredible customer service and support

I’ve used CILP for years – but it’s so much easier on HEIN! Robin Gardner, Melbourne Law School


Today, more than 3,000 law professors, lawyers, and law librarians review CILP each week. Electronic subscribers to the publication receive the full text of the most recent CILP issue on most Mondays of the year. Subscribers may download the CILP issue in various file formats directly in the HeinOnline interface. The files are available in a dedicated database, along with the entire archive of CILP issues.

All content in Current Index to Legal Periodicals has been assigned one or more subjects, meticulously maintained and defined by the editors of the publication. The content covers more than 100 subject areas across more than 650 journals.


Example of Weekly CILP Issue with Multiple File Formats

Example of Weekly CILP Issue in HeinOnline’s Interface


Customized alerts delivered directly to your inbox

With Hein’s acquisition of Current Index to Legal Periodicals, 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 during a new era of working remotely.

Creating a SmartCILP Profile

Example of SmartCILP Profile Form

Example of SmartCILP Email Notification

Editing SmartCILP Profiles

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. All SmartCILP notifications include direct full-text linking to HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library.

SmartCILP profiles can be changed each week, allowing subscribers to tailor the delivery of CILP to their changing research needs. Users may manage and edit their own SmartCILP profiles​ through MyHein. Particular individuals may also become authorized to manage the SmartCILP profiles of the faculty or staff at their subscribing institution. Access our step-by-step guides to both scenarios below.

Smart CILP Topics

SmartCILP Topics allow you to subscribe to multiple subjects and specialized journals all at once.

  • Banking and Finance
  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Economics
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Secured Transaction
  • 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


A combined 20+ years’ experience in legal periodical indexing!

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.

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.

Tania Schriwer, Editor

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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