The Court Leadership Institute of Arizona (CLIA) is committed to bridging academic theory and public practice. Faculty members have experience in Arizona courts and are regularly involved in community service, training research, and/or consulting with state or local courts. At the same time, they are scholars who view public affairs as a subject for analysis and evaluation in a broad social and historical context. As CLIA faculty, they bring their ability to reflect critically on practical experience to the design of academic programs. Faculty accomplish this not by merely adding current case studies to reading assignments, but by regularly recasting the questions addressed by the program in light of contemporary public concerns.