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Generally, the type of associations to which you refer would not be considered to give rise to a conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety requiring disqualification.
Since you are not on the court's electronic filing system, the clerk should be able to provide you with a copy of any documents that have been filed.
Status conferences don't usually have "instructions."However, you should be able to have the clerk's office make copies if there is anything you haven't received.
Its also important to remember that judges and attorneys often take part in the same organizations. They are prohibited from discussing cases together without a representative from each party though.