L. Jane Hamblen is the Vice President of Letters for the Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors. She recently retired as Chief Legal Counsel of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Earlier in her legal career, she was a partner in a large law firm in New York City, with a focus on corporate financial transactions. Hamblen was on the Board of the Poet Laureate Commission from 2003-2013. During that time, she served as Co-chair for five years, participated in the selection of three Poets Laureate, and was instrumental in finding a home for the Poet Laureate with the Academy after the governor terminated the State’s sponsorship in 2011.
Hamblen is Chair of the Shorewood Hills Foundation and a member of the Standing Advisory Group to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Washington DC. In the past, she was a member of the Vestry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Madison and served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Institutional Investors.
Hamblen has a BA in English from Rice University, a JD from the University of Texas Law School, and an LLB degree from the University of Cambridge in England. She is married to Dr. Robert F. Lemanske, and they live in Madison.