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Sheryl Toby to Participate in Panel Discussion on Ethics at ABI Winter Leadership Conference

Session Will Use Chapter 11 Role-Play To Showcase Real-World Ethical Issues

November 16, 2012

Sheryl L. Toby, member and co-leader of Dykema’s Bankruptcy practice, will be a featured presenter at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 24th Annual Winter Leadership Conference, a three-day event at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, beginning November 29, 2012.

This conference, one of the largest in the industry, will feature more than 95 leading bankruptcy and insolvency practitioners from across the country, including 17 of the nation’s most prominent bankruptcy judges.

Few issues are as timely, important or as provocative as ethics. Practitioners are keen to learn not only how to provide trusted legal counsel, but to do so in an ethical and morally right manner.

In a 90-minute session on Friday, November 30, titled, “"I'm Shocked—Shocked!—to Find that Unethical Conduct Is Going On in Here!” industry practitioners will role-play a Chapter 11 case history that addresses such challenging (but real-life) questions as:

  • who is the client?
  • what to do when clients don’t tell the truth?
  • how to fulfill one’s obligations to be candid with the court?
  • how does one skillfully address conflict of interest issues?

Immediately following the role-play exercise, Toby and her fellow panelists will discuss the ethical issues presented in this scenario and share their professional insights. In addition to Toby, this expert panel includes the president of a company that specializes in turnaround management and advisory services, a managing director for a nationally-known consulting firm and a highly respected bankruptcy judge from the Northern District of Illinois.

With more than two decades’ experience providing creative solutions for creditors, debtors and lenders in troubled situations (in industries ranging from automotive to retailing, financial services to healthcare) and advising manufacturing entities in day-to-day supply chain issues, Toby has a myriad number of relevant business examples from which to draw. She has participated in numerous significant bankruptcy cases all across the country, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is viewed by the media as a “go to” resource on a wide variety of bankruptcy, restructuring  and supply chain management matters.

This conference is CLE accredited, offering up to 11 hours of CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics. To learn more or to register, click here.