One of the nation’s most prominent lawyers is retiring form his post at Harvard Law School.

Alan Dershowitz, a staunch Israel supporter who often stumps for Zionist causes in the American media, announced the news after nearly 50 years as a professor at Harvard.

Dershowitz, 75, told the Boston Globe: “Yeah, I’m really retiring. … My retirement consists of reducing my schedule down to only about 10 things at any given time.”

Dershowitz became the youngest fulltime professor at the prestigious university in 1967, and has served on the defense team for individuals ranging from OJ Simpson to Julian Assange. The Brooklyn native was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, a background that has often colored his stances in numerous op-eds and TV appearances.

In 2006, the pundit famously challenged past President Jimmy Carter, who many credit with coining the term “apartheid” in regard to Israel.

Harvard Law dean Martha Minow told JTA Dershowitz’s presence would be missed, adding, “We look forward to his continuing vibrancy, wit and wisdom.”

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