At the scheduling conference, a time and date may be set for a pretrial conference. The Court may also conduct periodic status conferences to monitor how the case is proceeding to trial.
The assigned judge or magistrate judge may make such pretrial order or orders, at or following the pretrial conference, as may be appropriate. Such order will control the subsequent action or proceeding as provided in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(d),(e)