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Alan Dershowitz Retiring From Harvard Law

Lightning-rod professor says goodbye after nearly 50 years at the school

Stephanie Butnick
December 16, 2013
Alan Dershowitz.(GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Alan Dershowitz.(GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz is retiring from the school after 50 years of teaching, JTA reports. The 75-year-old lawyer, who focuses on criminal and constitutional law, became became the youngest full-time professor the law school when he was hired in 1967.

“My retirement consists of reducing my schedule down to only about 10 things at any given time,” he explained.

While Dershowitz may be best known for his high-profile defense work—Julian Assange; O.J. Simpson—we here at the Scroll remember him best for his diplomatic work: the time he gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a copy of the “Palestinian Chicken” episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, “with the suggestion that he invite Abbas over to watch it together.”

Dershowitz’s retirement from the law school, effective at the end of this week, raises one major question: Is he also retiring from participating in the Harvard Hillel’s epic Latke-Hamentaschen debate? We’ll keep you posted.

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.

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