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Taking the pressure off

Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Natalie Alcoba

Aaron Harnett has a substitute for screaming and throwing books at the wall of his Toronto practice. It involves pulling the bench up to his vintage Fender Rhodes piano, headphones on, and diving into a piece of jazz music. At home, the lawyer’s remedy for a stressful day is losing himself inside a video game for a few hours.

The escapes are two tricks of the trade that Harnett has developed after more than two decades in the pressure-cooker world of criminal law.

As many a...