It appears that our voice has been heard and Apple has done right. (keep reading for the details)
A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a review for an update of an app called "UPAD." That irked me more than a little bit because my app that had to change names was "jPad" originally, but that got rejected prior to the iPad app store opening for business. Out of curiosity, I did a search for iPad apps with "Pad" in the name and found over 200 of them. One of those app names was "Pad Journal," which got me even more upset since my "journalPad" was the one whose name rejection got publicity.
I decided to write Phil Schiller this time. I didn't get a response directly from Mr. Schiller, but I received a phone call the next day from Apple Developer Relations telling me that I was correct in thinking that I had been treated unfairly and inviting me to resubmit the app with its original name. I have done so, and I am happy to report that "journalPad" is now (again) live in the app store.
It's comforting to know that there are people at Apple who take the time and energy to do what's right for the little guys -- even if the resolution is somewhat delayed.