The interesting thing is for this courtroom there is this rule:
Court Call Appearances: Court Call Appearances are allowed without prior court approval for all hearings EXCEPT: Trial Calls, Trial Readiness Conferences, and Order to Appear Hearings.'
When I spoke with the clerk, he even told me people will call in all the time, I just need to be present in some form or other.
ETA: It might just be safer to go down and state these vultures in the eye myself. With my luck, there would be tech issues, or something else precluding a smooth call.
One more amusing thing: I received the CMS from Midland via mail, and they're totally lying about Meet and Confer. I've not spoken with these vultures in any capacity beyond sending the arbitration letter.