Judge Landis lives in Moncks Corner. He has two (grown) children, Peter and Jane.
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.
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 Advisory Committee.
Judge Landis has coached the Berkeley High School Mock Trial team for 16 years, helping them to win the State Championship in 1989, 1991,1993, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2008. 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.
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.
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.