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Shawn Gaines

Shawn Gaines is director of marketing communications at kCura, where he guides content strategy, PR and analyst relations, social media, and brand messaging. Shawn has been on the kCura team since 2011, and holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Recent Posts

Remember These 7 Unforgettable Relativity Product Launches?

2017-07-27+0000| | Community

blog_relativity-product-launches-1.pngThis satirical blog post and its product references were created for kCura's April Fools' Day 2017 celebration (which is a bummer, because Napster-Relativity jam sessions would be awesome).

Software companies all face the same constant challenge—putting out new products and updates that really meet the needs of their customers at a given point in time. Granted, some new releases are more memorable than others, but they’re always a lot of fun.

This year, we wanted to share a few of what we’d consider the most unforgettable Relativity product releases we’ve put out there.

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From EA to Microsoft: 7 Tales of Simplifying and Accelerating e-Discovery [Videos]

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight


Relativity Fest 2016 came to a close earlier this week and, just like every year, we all gained a lot of new Twitter followers who are going to immediately be disappointed when we go back to talking about kittens and politics exclusively.

But we’re also already filled with new ideas. Relativity Fest is an opportunity to bring the awesome e-discovery community together—a community filled with intelligent, friendly folks—and hear their stories about how they’ve made e-discovery better and faster.

Earlier this week on The Relativity Blog, we described a few ways we’re planning to fulfill our vision to simplify and accelerate how the world conducts e-discovery by bringing the process and community together. Today, we wanted to help with that second part, by bringing together stories a few members of the community shared during the show. They all joined Andrew Sieja, founder and CEO of kCura, on stage for the opening keynote that kicked off Relativity Fest.

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What Our TV Dads Taught Us about the Legal World

2017-07-27+0000| | Community

tv-dads-featured-image.pngFather’s Day was inaugurated in 1908 about a month after the first Mother’s Day, and now heralds new socks, trips to Home Depot, and cookies shaped like neckties. Since we recently learned what our moms taught us about e-discovery, it seemed important to look to our dads for the same advice ahead of their day—celebrated on June 19 this year in many parts of the globe.

But let’s say—like me—you were partially raised by television. There’s no shame in it. As we dads know, we don’t always say exactly the right thing at the right moment, but the prolific fathers on TV consistently gave the perfect advice at the perfect time.

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Introducing Relativity Match Maker: Isn’t It Time to e-Discover the Love of Your Life?

2017-07-27+0000| | Community


This satirical blog post and product announcement were created for kCura’s April Fools’ Day 2016 celebration. (We wish it were real, too!)

We’re busy. Seriously.

In a Harvard Business School study of 1,000 professionals, nearly half worked more than 65 hours a week. On top of that, according to The Economist, 60 percent of smartphone users are connected to work for 13.5 hours or more a day—which we suppose leaves time for sleep and (maybe) a round of Goat Simulator.

But where then do we find time for one of the most important things in life—love? It’s not always easy to turn away from work, jump to your iPhone, and start swiping in all kinds of directions. If it’s not part of your day-to-day, it’s just not going to happen.

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3 Tips to Get Coverage for Legal Tech Work

2017-07-27+0000| | Community

get-noticed-legal-media-blog-smallIt’s an exciting time to be in legal technology. More attention is being given to the evolution of this field—from the past few years of computer-assisted review coverage to new insights around how technology is impacting legal operations—and it isn’t slowing down. Like any great market, that means more law firms and businesses are innovating, more of your competitors are trying to stand out, and more legal reporters and analysts are tasked with separating the wheat from the chaff.

That’s not always great news for legal teams that want to get noticed for the work they’re doing. How do they stand out? While many firms are doing really innovative stuff with their software and telling folks about it, many others in this community are being equally innovative and not sharing the news.

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5 Reasons ILTACON Shouldn’t Be in Las Vegas

2017-07-27+0000| | Community

blog_ILTACON-2015We’re a mere 15 days from thousands of legal technology professionals descending on Las Vegas for one of the industry’s biggest events of the year—ILTACON 2015. For those of you who don’t attend, it’s a great show that travels between a few different host cities. Last time it was in Las Vegas was two years back, when we launched Relativity Binders and led a really large (and really fun) hands-on computer-assisted review training that showed us interest in the technology was stronger than ever. But, if you think about it, Vegas is a strange location for ILTACON—August weather notwithstanding.

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Lawyers and iPads: What Will Law Firms Do Differently in 5 Years Thanks to Going Mobile?

2017-07-27+0000| | Mobile, Community, Law Firm


There’s no shortage of new mobile apps hitting the scene on a daily basis. Statistics vary, but 2013 estimates pointed to about 20,000 apps being added to Apple’s App Store each month. In 2014, according to adjust, you were looking at 60,000 apps. My iPhone tells me I have 58 apps installed on my own device, and I can confirm at least half of those don’t involve birds and/or anger.

This growth is touching every vertical, and more and more apps for legal are hitting the market—from productivity to research. We’ve made a number of updates to our own mobile app, Relativity Binders, since we released it back in 2013, some based on feedback we’ve received from folks using the app in new, unique ways we didn’t anticipate.

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