Ocean View, Jim Landis LLM'09

VLS alum Jim Landis LLM'09, counsel at Lowcountry Counsel Office U.S. Marine Corps in Beaufort, S.C., dives into the legal and policy issues related to protecting oceans and marine ecosystems.​​​

Before ​retiring from active duty as a commander in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps and changing positions in the past year, Jim worked in part developing environmental impact statements to support the Navy’s at-sea training and testing ranges. He​ also was the main congressional legislative advocate for a statute concerning a new process to balance protections for translocated, endangered Southern sea otters at the Navy’s San Nicolas Island in California with national-defense testing and training activities there. “This legislation contributes to the survivability of the species throughout Southern California,” Landis says, “and ensures the viability of programs to introduce experimental populations of endangered species elsewhere in the Department of the Navy.”​

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​“This legislation contributes to the survivability of the species throughout Southern California and ensures the viability of programs to introduce experimental populations of endangered species elsewhere in the Department of the Navy.”​​

​Jim Landis LLM'09​
Counsel, Lowcountry Counsel Office U.S. Marine Corps
Beaufort, S.C.​​​