Fifty (50%) of you voted that the cause of the public's perception that lawyers act with less than the utmost integrity is changes in the practice of law that are increasingly modelling corporate practice.
So, essentially you are saying that the public is right (the public, indeed in never wrong) and it is not mere perception; things have actually changed and it is only natural that attitudes would change too (unfortunately for the worse).
Well, let's hope that those changing practices do not lead to a meltdown in the legal world akin to what is going on in the financial world, because the chances for the government bailing us out would be even less likely . . . .