The realization came to Lara Adamsons late one night during her second year at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Despite being swamped with work from her regular caseload, she found herself not fighting fatigue but instead itching to stay at the office to work on a criminal appeal she had taken on pro bono.

“I was writing this brief in the middle of the night and instead of thinking, ‘I can’t wait to finish so I can go home and go to sleep,’ it was ‘I can’t wait to finish so I can get to work on my case,’ ” Adamsons recalled.

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