Liberty to induct two new members to the District Wall of Fame

March 28, 2014 – Alumni Joseph Rubin (Class of 1956) and Steven Schiff, MD, PhD (Class of 1972) will be the 2014 Inductees to the Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame this June. Rubin and Schiff join 16 fellow inductees who were selected over the past three years, since the Wall’s inception in 2011.

Joseph Rubin, is the founder and senior partner of Rubin & Balin, LLP, an international and domestic corporate and commercial law practice. As an international business consultant, he advises several governments and companies world-wide on economic and legal matters. Mr. Rubin is a professor at Columbia University, where he teaches courses in law, business management, entrepreneurship, and international privatization. He is also the founder and director of an international executive training institute, through which he conducts management training programs in Russia and China and the USA.

An accomplished photographer, Mr. Rubin’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Inter-American Magazine, Americas Magazine, and university publications. He has exhibited in galleries in New York City, Mexico, Italy, Guatemala, and Brazil. A number of his photographs in large format are on permanent display in office building lobbies, retail stores and corporate and professional offices. His work is periodically sold at art auctions at the Aguttes Galleries in Paris, France.  Mr. Rubin makes his home in New York City where he has published a photo book on his ‘Reflections” series.

Steven Schiff, MD, PhD is the director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering, Brush Chair Professor of Engineering, Professor of Neurosurgery, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and Professor of Physics at Penn State University. A Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Dr. Schiff’s research interests focus on understanding pathological dynamics in the brain in terms of the underlying physics, and how technology based on this understanding can treat diseases such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

Dr. Schiff holds six patents for devices that help individuals who suffer from epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Schiff is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is listed in the Guide to America’s Top Physicians, serves as the Divisional Associate Editor (Biological Physics) for Physical Review Letters, as an Advisory Editor for the Elsevier Book Series “Nonlinear Science and Complexity”.

The Wall of Fame was created by the Board of Education as a way to honor Liberty alumni (graduates who have made a significant contribution to society upon graduating from Liberty High School), past employees (teachers and staff whose professionalism and commitment went above and beyond standard expectations and benefited Liberty students and the district) and community members (individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to benefit the Liberty School District).

Altogether, seven nominations were submitted on behalf of potential candidates. Mr. Rubin and Dr. Schiff were chosen by the Wall of Fame Selection Committee, which is made up of individuals who represent various stakeholders associated with the Liberty Central School District and the Liberty community.

Rubin and Schiff will be honored at a breakfast reception on June 28, which is also graduation day for seniors.

“Each year the committee has the very difficult task of selecting inductees from many qualified and deserving applications,” explained Liberty Superintendent Dr. William Silver. “Each nominee has many outstanding qualities, however, the committee felt that the accomplishments of Mr. Rubin and Dr. Schiff were particularly exceptional and we are pleased to honor these gentlemen in June.

The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame is located in the lobby of the David E. Panebaker Auditorium at Liberty High School. More information as well as complete biographies of all inductees can be found at