LLC is a separate entity from the owner of LLC, so legally owner cannot represent LLC in court, only a lawyer can.
Just like your husband is a separate entitey from you, and legally you cannot represent your husband in court, unless you are a lawyer.
It is legally impossible to for a non-lawyer owner to represent the LLC in court.
If your tenant finds a lawyer, he/she will raise the issue.
The eviction court is not asking the question, doesn't mean it is not questionable.
Because they are the fault party they don't want to try free lawyers. I bet they think the free lawyer would say you don't pay but you want to stay? How am I going to defend you?
Law school graduates in top law schools who can't achieve top 1/3 in GPA doesn't do well in law firms.
Law school graduates in average law schools, really have to be top 10% to go anywhere like big law firms.
So vast majority of UMD law (ranked 52, I just use that as an example of your hometown) would make under 100K in their career, let alone new graduates starting out.