Kate Judge is the Harvey J. Golschmid Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Intellectual Life at Columbia Law School. She is an expert on banking, financial innovation and crises, and regulatory architecture. In her book Direct: The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source, she explains broad shifts in the structure of the economy, the increasing power of intermediaries across numerous domains, and how these changes have contributed to new sources of fragility and undermined accountability. Judge is an editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation and research member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. She previously served on the Financial Stability Task Force co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution and Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to joining Columbia Law School, Judge clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Wesleyan University. Judge is Wesleyan. New York, New York.