This idea stolen from Idea Surplus Disorder Blog:
Know Your Questions. Seek Your Answers. Never attend a conference without at least three questions you want answered. Never leave until they have been.
I try to have a defined set of areas covered. My biggest gripe when it comes to attorney conferences? I go to hear one person in particular and when I turn to that person's materials ... nothing. When that person speaks, it's half ad libbed and mostly war stories. Two speakers were guilty of this at a recent conference.
The best set of materials at a conference I attended came typed, double spaced, and full of legal citations. The author? An attorney who has been practicing law for less than five years.