Appellate for state government is pretty chill. Lots of cases don't go to oral argument (pretty sure that even in a firm you're not going to oral arguments very frequently) and you don't have a client to deal with (or, frankly, much to do with trial counsel).
I totally forgot about that! I think oral argument depends on jurisdiction -- all state appeals in CA go to oral argument unless I'm totally missing something. And yeah, in a firm you're probably not because a partner probably is, but still.