He was born on June 3, 1955, in Covington, Virginia, where he attended public schools. His parents, the late Homer F. and Faye Arritt Landis, retired from their respective jobs in the late 1980's and relocated to the Moncks Corner area to provide free babysitting for the grandchildren.
Judge Landis graduated in 1977 from Erskine College where he was involved in a number of student organizations and enjoyed an active social life. He acted in several musical and drama productions and hosted a late night radio show for the campus station, WARP. In his spare time he majored in and received his BA in History. Prior to taking the bench he served on the Erskine Board of Counselors.
In 1980, Landis graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to the SC Bar. He started as an Assistant Public Defender for Berkeley County and in 1984 joined John B. Williams in the formation of Williams and Landis. During this partnership, he began primarily practicing family and domestic law. In 1989, he and now Circuit Judge, R. Markley Dennis, Jr., formed Dennis, Dennis, and Landis.
The Moncks Corner Town Council appointed Landis as Municipal Judge in 1987 and he served in that capacity for eleven years. He was elected to the Family Court Bench by the South Carolina General Assembly in May 1998.
He has served the SC Conference of Family Court Judges as Secretary/Treasurer, 2009-2010, Vice President, 2010-2011, and President, 2011-2012. As an officer of the SCCFCJ, he has served on the Chief Justice’s Family Court Judges Advisory Committee.
Judge Landis has coached the Berkeley High School Mock Trial team for several years, helping them to win the State Championship in 1989, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2008. In 2000, the Berkeley team placed 10th in the nation at the National Mock Trial Championship. In 2006, the team placed 7th in the nation. Having retired from coaching, he annually presides over the State Middle School Mock Trial Championship, and presides on all levels of the SC High School Mock Trial Competition. He has presided over collegiate mock trial competitions and law school moot court competitions. Jack has the honor of being a presiding judge at the National Mock Trial Competition for two years.
Jack has served the SC Bar Association on the Law Related Education Committee and both the Middle School and High School Mock Trial Sub-Committees.
For several years he coached youth soccer for the Moncks Corner Recreation Department and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Berkeley County Historical Society Museum.
In 2003 he received the “Law Related Education Lawyer of the Year” award from the South Carolina Bar Association. Judge Landis is a member of the NCJFCJ and has attended classes at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV, in 2005 and 2006.
In his free time, Judge Landis likes to maintain his MGB. He also is an avid reader, likes to ski, cook, play racquetball, float around in the pool, and considers himself a handyman.