Belmont Vision – The main lawn turns into a dog park for the Belmont Law event

The sweltering days of spring have arrived, but Belmont Law has the solution.

The students dropped off their books and picked up adoptable puppies Thursday morning for a well-deserved study break from their upcoming finals.

The event took place on the Main Lawn and was sponsored by the Nashville Humane Association, one of Nashville’s oldest nonprofit organizations. Brooke Huppenthal, President of the Student Bar Association, coordinated the event in conjunction with Belmont Law.

Nearing the end of her final year of law school, Huppenthal is no stranger to the stressful challenges it poses and the daunting endgames that await students.

“We really wanted to try and put something in place just to get a total break,” Huppenthal said.

And since May marks graduation and Mental Health Awareness Month, the timing couldn’t have been better.

Courtney Henry – a Belmont law student in her final year – said events like this are vital for mental health.

“I think having opportunities where you have time to pause and breathe before you get to the final is so vital to the mental health and well-being of the Belmont community as a whole,” he said. she declared.

“It’s a place where you can just set aside everything that’s going on and just focus on cute little doggos and creating a sense of community.”

Adopting a puppy can be tempting with the bar exam looming and, after that, the reality of being a lawyer.

“Or I’ll just be a puppy mom,” Henry said.

The NHA brought in three puppies from the same spring litter: friendly Daffodil, cozy Sprout and floofy Magnolia.

Daffodil is available for adoption on Friday and Magnolia and Sprout will be available next week when the popular puppies can meet the Nashville Predators.

Founded in 1946, the NHA adopts about 4,000 animals a year.

“We’re doing events all over the city to raise awareness of our mission and cause and also to get some of our adorable babies into people’s hands so we can find them great homes,” the events coordinator said. and community outreach Becca “B” Messner.

If even for a moment the students left the law library and stepped onto the sunny lawn to play with Daffodil, Sprout and Magnolia – the trio they never thought they needed.

PHOTO: (Left) Belmont law student Margot Taylor holds a daffodil. (Right) Freshman Ben Lundy hugs Magnolia. Sam Lewandowski

This article was written by Jaymey Hedberg


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