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Pro Bono Champion: Margaret Burnham - St. Francis Springs

July 27, 2018

When Margaret Burnham’s oldest daughter, Madeline, was in second grade, the big event in her life was Madeline’s First Communion at her church. So Margaret trundled off to the Franciscan bookstore in downtown Greensboro to find all the white lacy things that go with First Communion. At the bookstore, she saw a full scale 3D model of what was to become St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, Inc., an interfaith retreat center on 140 acres in Rockingham County.

St. Francis Springs was the dream of Father Louie Canino, a Franciscan monk. His idea was to build a retreat center that would also house a peace and justice program. In 2003, Margaret volunteered to help with the real estate issues.

Now, St. Francis Springs is home to the retreat center, three hermitages and two cottages. That fateful shopping trip led to 15 rewarding years as pro bono counsel for St. Francis Springs, as well as a position on the Board of Directors.

“Margaret’s skill, dedication and support of St. Francis Springs has been outstanding. It has been remarkable what she has accomplished on behalf of our Prayer Center. Her staff has been a tremendous help regarding closings. Thank you to Nexsen Pruet for your pro bono contributions!"

- Fr. Louie Canino

Margaret gives thanks to Tara Brooks and Ann Cantrell (and Sharon Malburg, retired) for assistance in the various closings and title work during the past 15 years.


About Margaret Shea Burnham
Margaret Burnham concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial real estate transactions and litigation. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law: Business, Commercial, and Industrial Transactions by the North Carolina State Bar and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.


Nexsen Pruet is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 190 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, S.C., as well as Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C. Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national and international venues.

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