David Shaheed was elected judge in the Marion County Superior Court in 2002 and re-elected in 2008. Shaheed served as the judge of Civil Court 1 until December 2014. In addition, he has been involved in inter-faith dialogue for over forty years.
Shaheed has been a lecturer on a variety of topics, including:
- Common Law and the Status of Immigration in the United States and The Obligation of Courts to Defendants with Mental Health Issues, (International Conference on Cities. Rome, Italy. 2016)
- Al-Islam in America, (Conference on the Americas, Pontifical Urbaniana University. Rome, Italy. April, 2014.)
- Law and Ethics in Professional Life (Focolare Expo2013 Conference, Rosemont, Illinois. 2013.)
- Interreligious Dialogue and Human Rights, (SEDOS Conference, Rome, Italy. 2003.)
- Significance of prayer in Al-Islam, (Conference of Men Superior National Assembly, Scottsdale, Arizona. 2005.)
- Religious Freedom and Islam in America, (Fordham University, School of Law, 2001.)
Shaheed was the producer of a weekly news and Islamic perspectives television program, Al-Islam in America. He was a consultant to the Lilly Endowment on the Growth of Al-Islam in America. He made pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 1987 and with nearly 500 American Muslims in February 2003.
Judge Shaheed was part of the delegation of Imam W. Deen Mohammed in 1999 for the Muslim-Focolare dialogue. Shaheed has worked with Muslim groups within the United States and has been in dialogue with Muslims in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Africa and Italy.