The men’s restroom at a recently opened Harvard Law School building is appropriately named — perhaps in more than one way — the Falik Men’s Room after Berkeley School of Law Adjunct Professor William Falik.
Falik has donated $100,000 to Harvard Law School, which he graduated from in 1971, in addition to $125,000 to the Berkeley School of Law in honor of his father’s 100th birthday. As a result, Wasserstein Hall at Harvard Law School — which opened last week — sports a plaque in his honor outside the men’s room.According to Falik, there may be another men’s room opened at the Berkeley School of Law that will be named after him as well.
“I have a name that doesn’t go many places,” Falik said. “I think it’s somewhat humorous to have my name outside of a men’s room.”
Falik has also donated to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which also has a “Falik Gentlemen’s Lounge.” When Falik decided to donate to Harvard, he had a conversation with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who was then dean of the law school, about naming a restroom at Harvard after him as well.
Falik said that his father taught him the importance of philanthropy starting at a very young age, and attested its importance in his family as his daughter Abigail Falik founded Global Citizen Year — a program that allows students to take a gap year between high school and college to do public service abroad.
Falik felt that a donation that would benefit the public interest would be the best way to honor his father.
“Having lived with the last name Falik for 102 years, he got a great kick out of using the name in connection with men’s rooms and gentlemen’s lounges,” he said.