In 2014, The Honorable Sarah Sharer Curley retired as a United States Bankruptcy Court Judge for the District of Arizona, after serving almost 28 years in that position. She is listed in Arizona's Finest Lawyers, and served as the Bankruptcy Court's Chief Judge from 2001-2005. She is a founding member, master, and the first President of Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. She is also a member of the National Conference of Bankrputcy Judges (serving on the retired judges' committee) and having served on the Finance Committee (2008-2011). The American Bankruptcy Law Journal published her article "Where to Hide? How Valuation of Derivatives Haunts the Courts--Even after BAPCPA," 83 Amercian Bankr. Law J., 297 (Issue 2, 2009).
She was active in the American Bar Association, Judicial Division, serving on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges (2010-2013). She was also active in the National Association of Women Judges, having served as an officer, director, and board member for many years and having received the Vaino Spencer Leadership Award in October 2007. Her book "The Bankruptcy Card and How to Play It," (2003), focusing on practical solutions to bankruptcy issues frequently confronted by federal and state non-bankruptcy judges, was published by the National Association of Women Judges and is utilized by The National Association of Women Judges and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges in various programs around the country. Prior to becoming a Bankruptcy Judge, she was a senior-level counsel for First Wisconsin Corporation (1982-1986), and an associate attorney with Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen in New York City (1979-1982). She serves as an adjunct professor at ASU, teaching the course Topics in Bankrutpcy Law.