Sept. 18, 2003

Two Texas Tornadoes Coming To SMU: Ann Richards To Speak At Fifth Annual Louise Raggio Lecture Oct. 2

DALLAS (SMU) -- Former Texas Governor Ann Richards will be the featured speaker at this year's Louise Ballerstedt Raggio Endowed Lecture Series in Women's Studies Thursday, Oct 2.

"An Evening with Ann Richards" begins with a 6:00 p.m. reception, followed by a 6:30 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. dialogue at the Highland Park United Methodist Church at Hillcrest Avenue and Mockingbird Lane. Tickets must be purchased in advance and range from $15 to $125. For more information, go to or email or call 214-768-2841.

In her talk, Richards is expected to cover a wide range of subjects from Texas and national politics to women's health to reminiscences about her longtime friendship with Raggio. Dallas attorney Regina Montoya will emcee the event, and Richards will answer questions from the audience.

Family law attorney Raggio directed a task force in the mid-1960s that resulted in the Texas Marital Property Act of 1967, giving women the right to own property and handle their finances. The only woman in her SMU law school class of 1952, Raggio is known as the "Mother of the Texas Family Code." For 12 years she worked with other legal scholars to streamline Texas' marriage, family and divorce laws into the first codified set of family laws in the world. She recently published the story of her life, Texas Tornado: The Autobiography of a Crusader for Women's Rights and Family Justice, Citadel Press, 2003.