Successful associates at Jones Day share the Firm's commitment to high-quality service and dedication to clients, while pursuing the goal of building their own unique contribution to the Firm. The Firm is equally committed to providing the training, opportunity for professional development, and client responsibility, consistent with increasing levels of experience and competence, that enable our associates to become outstanding lawyers.
Jones Day has been, and will continue to be, a firm where a lawyer can make a career. Many of the Firm's leaders began here as new lawyers and trainees, and even as summer associates, and are testaments to the Firm's commitment to our associates and associate development. Up-from-the-ranks partners are the norm, not the exception, and the Firm invests considerable time and effort in both formal and informal training that empowers our associates to take on ever-increasing responsibilities and to advance in the Firm.
Providing exceptional client service is a hallmark of Jones Day. Billable hours, while often reflective of effort, are not the singular, or even most instructive, measure of an associate's contribution to providing that service. Associates are not expected to mark time or to show up on a weekend just to be visible. We expect our associates to be effective and efficient. When our lawyers determine how to spend their time, common sense, rather than a spirit of competition, prevails.
Our Managing Partner has emphasized that while we intend to keep our salaries competitive, we will not link salary to billable hour requirements. We believe that rewarding the mere accumulation of billable hours provides the wrong incentive, can result in unhealthy competition among lawyers, and can detract from client service.
We encourage all of our lawyers to find a successful balance between the demands of client service, community involvement, family, and personal interests. This balance is often vital to long-term success and enjoyment in the practice of law. The great diversity of our lawyers' backgrounds, interests, and talents reflects their success in building full lives while also engaging in one of the world's most challenging and stimulating legal practices.