Professor McCurdy began teaching in 1977, after practicing in the Indian law, natural resources, and environmental law fields. He represented several Indian tribes in major litigation and intergovernmental negotiations. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Center for Sports Law & Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, teaching Professional Sports Law among other courses. He is also Professor Emeritus at Gonzaga University School of Law.
He is the author of the mineral rights chapter in a legal treatise and has worked on special projects with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He is co-author of an innovative casebook, Sports Law: Cases & Materials (5th ed. 2003). He has served as president of the Pioneer Baseball League, and been a member of the Council of League Presidents for minor league baseball.
Prof. McCurdy was appointed by the governor of Washington to represent the state on the Environmental Improvement Basin Commission, which is charged with implementing the Superfund cleanup plan for the Coeur d’Alene Basin. He has a special interest in mediation of disputes and serves as a member of the Board of Directors, Northwest Conflict Management Center.