Call for Papers

IILP Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession
2025 edition

Get published in the Review that busy lawyers, judges, bar leaders, and diversity professionals rely on for the latest DEI initiatives and research!


The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) is seeking submissions for the 2025 edition of the IILP Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession.


The goal of the Review is to provide up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of diversity and inclusion issues, research, and strategic initiatives, in an easily accessible format for the benefit of busy practicing lawyers, judges, law students and other professionals.


The Review will be distributed to attendees at the IILP’s annual State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Symposia, which will be held in six to eight cities around the country. Selected authors may be invited to present their papers at one or more Symposia. The Review also will be distributed to the General Counsel of the Fortune 500, the heads of the AmLaw 200 law firms, bar association leaders, law school libraries and placement offices, and made available for downloading at no cost from the IILP website.


At this time, the editors are seeking outline submissions only (details below).

  1. Feature Articles – Feature articles are substantive articles of eight to twelve pages that analyze a specific facet of diversity and inclusion in the profession or present a summary of original research. Feature Articles are designed to be more substantive and detailed than a typical bar publication, but shorter and more accessible than a typical law review or academic article. Feature articles should be thought-provoking and address cutting-edge issues. They may be edited versions or otherwise based upon previously published work but they must not have been previously published in their current version.

  2. Thought Leadership Papers – Thought leadership pieces are shorter essays that consider diversity and inclusion issues as they play out within specific segments of the legal profession, such as African Americans or associates in large law firms or leadership in bar associations. In other words, they should educate readers about “diversity within diversity.” These articles should be five to seven pages long and previously unpublished in their current version.

Authors are encouraged to read previous editions of the IILP Review to avoid duplication of topics previously covered. The previous editions of the IILP Review can be downloaded from IILP’s website at no charge.


Outline Format

  • One-page outline conveying prospective author's idea for the paper
  • Prospective author’s name, phone number and email address
  • Times New Roman font, size 12
  • Left aligned with 1-inch margins on all sides

Deadline for Outline: July 12, 2024
Submissions should be emailed to


Prospective authors will be notified whether their submissions have been accepted for publication on July 31.


Authors of selected Feature Articles or Thought Leadership Articles will be required to sign a Non-Exclusive Release giving the IILP permission to print the article and affirming that it has not previously been published in its current version.


They also will be asked to provide a brief biography and a color head shot photograph in a high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) JPG, PDF or other electronic format.


Deadline for final paper submission: September 27, 2024 


If you are unable to meet this deadline, please notify us at that we should expect your article and when we might reasonably expect it. Submissions should conform to the IILP Review Style Guide .  Notification of acceptance and editorial comments will be provided via email. If you would like to submit a published law review or other journal article but are constrained by time and so unable to condense it, please let us know by September 12, 2024, as we can sometimes arrange to undertake this work while providing you with final content approval.

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