Bar associations based on ethnic or racial backgrounds are separated by ancestry, but have a lot in common. Most of these legal groups in Massachusetts were formed at different times, and for different reasons. However, they share goals and purposes that focus on community.

Leaders of ethnic bar associations use terms such as support structure, networking, socializing and advocacy to describe what they’re all about — but it all comes down to community. The groups essentially function to create a sense of community through mutual support, they say.

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