Kudos has been given to the Nassau County Bar Association’s monthly foreclosure help clinic, in which hundreds of homeowners have gotten one-on-one advice for free from attorneys and other experts.

The public service has won the 2009 Award of Merit from the New York State Bar Association. At the Bar Leaders Breakfast on Jan. 29 in Manhattan, the state group will hand a plaque to Nassau bar officials.

The foreclosure help clinic was supposed to be a one-time event last March when bar officials decided something needed to be done to help the masses of troubled borrowers.

But the idea soon became a monthly fixture at the bar’s Mineola headquarters and has been growing increasingly popular, with appointments booked up fast.

In the bar’s basement, an informal setting with snacks provided, Nassau residents can meet one-on-one with county homeownership counselors, the Attorney General’s Office, bankruptcy attorneys, Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee and volunteer attorneys trained in foreclosure law.

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It’s not the first time the Nassau group has gotten the state bar’s merit award. The association won awards for its We Care Fund, which donates money to charities and causes; a student mentoring program; and “Murder in a Library” program, which educates the public about the law and trials in criminal cases.

For details or the required reservations for a clinic appointment, call the Nassau bar at 516-747-4070.