An attorney friend wants to continue appearing in court virtually. The problem is that he is now (post-COVID shutdown) expected to appear in person. What are the acceptable reasons an attorney can use to request permission to appear virtually? We are in New York. Most of his work is as assigned counsel -- but not all.
Edit to add: I can imagine various reasons which would be valid for him, but I'm not sure if they would seem reasonable.
The transition out of COVID-induced virtual work can be awkward and confusing in many types of work. Respectful comments much appreciated.